DCLM Search The Scripture Youth For November 19, 2023 : Topic – JESUS WARNS AGAINST HELL
JESUS WARNS AGAINST HELL
Memory Verse: “And if thy Hand offend thee, cut it off: It is better for thee to enter Into life maimed, than Having two hands to go into Hell, into the fire that never Shall be quenched”(Mark 9:43).
TEXT: Mark 9:30-50; Luke 16:19-30
Hell fire is the final place of agonizing torment and everlasting punishment for those who reject the sacrifice Of Jesus for their salvation. It was originally prepared for the Devil and his angels, but now includes unrepentant youths (Matthew 25:41). Many ministers of God today are Methodically not warning sinners about the danger and the Consequence of spending eternity in the lake of fire. The word of God states clearly that “The wicked shall be Turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God (Psalm 9:17). The purpose of teaching and warning against Hell is not to scare the youths but to ensure that they do Everything possible to avoid spending eternity in hell. No one spoke of hell more than Jesus Christ. There are several Warnings and parables from Jesus Christ that speak and Warn about the eternal danger of hell-fire.
Question 1: What is hell-fire?
Hell fire is a place of eternal punishment for every Unrepentant sinner of all ages including sinning youths.
1. SERVANTHOOD: PTHWAY TO TRUE GIREATNESS
Mark 9:30, 41: Luke 9-50; Micah 6:3: Luke 14:11: 18:14: Ephesians 4:1,2; Colossians 3:12; James 4:6
“And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must Suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again” (Mark 8:31). Jesus Christ came into the world to die for the sin of the whole world. He bore the Punishment we deserve lo suffer and paid the wages of sin, on our behalf, which is death, “But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him” (Mark 9:32). The disciples lacked understanding of the teaching of Christ about His death and resurrection. Their lack of Understanding was also compounded by the fear of asking Him for explanation. Youths should not hesitate to seek Clarification on things that seem unclear to them in the class, at home and in the church (Luke 8:9; Matthew 15:15).
Question 2: How should Christian youths serve one Another in the vineyard of God?
“But they held their peace for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest” (Mark 9:34). The disciples were arguing among themselves about Who is the number one disciple? Jesus used the topic of their agitation to teach a valuable lesson about servant-hood and humanity. He made His disciples to understand that The character of true greatness is attained by serving others With humility of heart. Servant-hood is the greatest position one can occupy in the kingdom of God. A servant is loyal, Committed, faithful, devoted and dedicated to his master. Some Christian youths believe that others should serve them Because they are occupying certain positions in the church, House and school fellowships. We must humble ourselves in the service of the Lord so that He can exalt
us at the appointed time (Matthew 23:12; 1 Peter 5:5). We earn respect and Honor when we serve others.
2. WARNING AGAINST THE DANGER OF HELL
Mark 9:42. 50; Luke 16:19-26; Psalm 9:17; Matthew 7:15-19: 5:22,29; 10:28; 18:8,9; 25:4146; Luke 12:5
“And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone Were hang about his neck, and he were cast into the sea” (Mark 9:42). Believers must ensure that they do not cause Other believers’ relationship with Christ to suffer. We are not to serve as stumbling blocks to others and make them fall Into sin but to help and protect the little ones in the kingdom. Causing me other Christians to sin attracts the judgment of God.
Question 3: How can a so-called Christian youth cause Other believers to stumble today?
God wants us to help other Christians to stick to and Maintain their scriptural personal conviction. Our actions And way of life must be to glorify God and help other believers Grow and stand firmly in Christ. There are many ways so- Called believing youths cause others to sin. These include Wrong dressing (Proverbs 7:10); living a double standard life (Galatians 2:11-14); provoking them to anger (Ephesians 6:4); and wrongly influencing others to do wrong things (2Samuel11:14-17; Jeremiah 35:3-5). “And if thy hand offend thee cut it off: it is better for Thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched: Where their worms dieth not and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:43,44). Many things can prevent youths from going To heaven. The things they handle or touch, the places they go Or visit; and what they behold or see. All the things that youths desire, pursue and do that can lead to spending Eternity in the place of unquenchable fire must be cut off. The Word of God is clear and explicit about the teaching on the Subject of hell. Hell is described as a place of punishment (Matthew 25:51), unquenchable fire (Mark 9:43,44), pain (Luke 16:24,25, 28), thirst (Luke 16:24,25), eternal suffering, Separation and darkness.
Question 4: how can we prove the existence of hell?
The Lord Jesus spent considerable tine affirming the Reality of hell. He warned the city of
Capernaum for instance, That it would be turned into hell because of its iniquities (Matthew 12:23,24). He did not mince words as He warned repeatedly on the danger of hell and the need for people to Steer clear of it (Matthew 5:22, 29,30; 10:28; Luke 12:5). He made it clear that there was everlasting punishment and that Hell is the eternal abode for all sinners who die unsaved (Matthew 7:15-19; 18:9; 25:41-46). The apostles also Followed the same teachings and explanation of hell as taught By the Lord Jesus Christ. “For if we sin willfully after that We have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall Devour the adversaries” (Hebrews 10:26,27). Today, the Church cannot afford to assume a less specific position. The Teaching must be clear and simple to understand by “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in Purple and fine linen, and fare sumptuously every day” (Luke 16:19). There is nothing wrong with wealth if it is Acquired in a legitimate way.
Question 5: State some lessons youths can learn from the conversation between the rich man and Abraham.
From the conversation between the lost rich man and Abraham, we learn that: (I) hell is a place of everlasting Torment; (ii) there is no purgatory where sinners can suffer a While, atone for their sins and be transferred into heaven; (iii) There is no reincarnation; (iv) that unless sinners (whether rich or poor, educated or illiterate, healthy or sick) repent They shall all likewise perish (Luke 13:3): (v) the usual means O’ passing the gospel to sinners for conversion is by the saints On earth (Luke l6:29-3 1); and (vi) no annihilation in hell Where sinners get burnt up at once.
3. ESCAPING THE DANGER OF HELL
Luke 16:27-3- Matthew 7:114: Isaiah 52:11: Hebrews 2:3; 2 Corinthians 4:7; 6:14- 18; 5:10,11: Acts 17:30,31; Revelation 21:1-8,27. 22:14:20:4-7
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not Perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The will of God is that all sinners including youths should repent and Believe the gospel (2 Peter 3:9: John 3:16; Mark 1:5). Since we Know that life on earth is very brief, death or rapture can Happen at any time and the judgment of God follows, we need To be prepared for eternity more than we prepare for school Examination, job interview, and a journey.
Question 6: How can sinning youths escape hell?
What it takes to prepare for eternal bliss after life on earth Is the new birth and a consistent holy living. Everyone who Seeks to escape from hell must be free from sin, have a Definite change of life, character and aspirations. God’s Express command for everyone is to come out of defilement into the highway of holiness.
Question 7: What should be the responsibility of every Christian youth towards sinners, today?
It is the responsibility of every Christian youth to help Others to be ready and to escape spending eternity in hell. We Are to passionately preach the gospel to everyone. The rich Man remembered that his five brothers were in danger of Spending eternity in hell. The conversion of a single influential youth could lead to the conversion of others. As Believing youths, we must understand that we are the “Moses And the prophets” of the present generation and the hope of Salvation of sinners rests squarely on our shoulders. We Must employ all effective methods of evangelism to reach our fellow youths. All believers must pray for the sustaining grace To continue on the path of holiness and righteousness that Leads to the heavenly city. In Conclusion, there is no second chance for anyone who goes to hell. The state of people in hell is fixed for eternity. Most youths believe that hell is reserved for people commit terrible sins. The biblical truth reveals that all sins Are equal in the sight of God (James 2:10,11). Escape for your Life!