What If We Never Die?

1997
Valley Vineyard Christian Church - Reseda, CA

Dallas encourages his home congregation to reconsider their understanding of death through the teachings of Jesus, who promises that those who keep His word will never truly experience death. He uses scriptural references extensively, particularly highlighting verses that portray death not as an end but a transition into a different form of existence, one that believers should joyfully anticipate rather than fear. This redefinition of death serves to comfort and inspire his audience, urging them to live their lives as eternal beings currently in a temporal world.


Dallas further explores the practical implications of eternal life on Christian living and thinking. He discusses how a proper understanding of our eternal nature should influence our daily interactions, decisions, and our overall life trajectory. By emphasizing that life continues beyond the physical realm, he calls for a shift in perspective — from a focus on worldly achievements to cultivating spiritual virtues and eternal relationships. Dallas's sermon is not just a theological exposition but also a motivational talk, encouraging listeners to adopt a heavenly mindset that enriches their earthly lives. His closing remarks remind the congregation of their unceasing spiritual identity and their significant roles in God’s eternal plan, reinforcing the message with a powerful benediction that seals the promise of eternal life and divine fellowship.
 

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What If We Never Die?

In this sermon at his home church, Dallas talks about the appropriate kind of life for people who are never going to cease existing. Dallas said he hoped to give his listeners a new sense of who we are and what God has in mind for us.

What If We Never Die?

Highlights:

  • Introduction to Eternal Life: Dallas opens by posing the intriguing question, "What if we never die?" He expresses his intention to explore a life suited for those who will never cease to exist, emphasizing the need for a lifestyle that reflects eternal existence.
  • Scriptural Foundations: Dallas underscores his points with scripture, starting with John 8:51 where Jesus promises that anyone who obeys His word will never experience death. This serves as a foundational belief that frames the entire discussion.
  • Understanding Death Through Scripture: He elaborates on how the scriptures depict death, focusing on Hebrews 2:14-15 which discusses Jesus' victory over death and its implications for believers, freeing them from the lifelong slavery of death's fear.
  • Misconceptions of Death: Dallas discusses common misconceptions about death among Christians and stresses the importance of understanding life and immortality as presented in the Gospel.
  • Heavenly-Minded to be Earthly Good:  “You hear of people too heavenly-minded to be of any earthly good. Excuse me, I haven't met any of those. You want to see people who are earthly good, find a heavenly-minded person.” 
  • Practical Implications of Eternal Life: Dallas encourages his audience to internalize the reality of eternal life and how it should influence our everyday decisions and interactions, highlighting the need for a shift in perspective towards a more eternal outlook.
  • Role of Preachers and Believers: He critically examines the role of church leaders in conveying the reality of eternal life and challenges them to preach a gospel that affirms the eternal nature of the soul.
  • Eternal Destiny and Individual Purpose: Dallas focuses on the personal implications of eternal life, suggesting that understanding our eternal destiny can significantly affect how we view our purpose and actions in the present. “I am an unceasing spiritual being with an eternal destiny in God's great universe.”