This is part of a series of kids talks I’m doing in the morning service at Banstead Community Church based on the New City Catechism.
Big Question #23 – What happens after death to those not united to Christ by faith? [NCC Q28]
Powerpoint Pictures: Beautiful Person; Top Footballer; Instagram Follower Count; Clever Person; Top Singer; Shaking Hands
If you hear the following words, what comes to mind?
Ball [Football, Tennis, Basketball, Kick, Throw].
Juice [Orange, Apple, Drink, Healthy, Breakfast].
Mr [Bean, Blobby, Men, T].
Hell [Fire, Darkness, Bad people, Scary, Nether in Mindcraft].
Hell is what we are going to be thinking about in our next Big Question.
This isn’t a nice subject. It can be difficult to hear about.
But it is real and it is important to know what the Bible says about hell because if we have been saved by Jesus, we need to know what we have been saved from.
Let’s look at our next Big Question now.
Q: What happens after death to those not united to Christ by faith?
There’s a famous verse in the Bible, we’re probably familiar with.
“For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
This verse tells us that: God loves the world; God gave His Son Jesus to die on the cross; God gives eternal life to everyone who believes in Him.
There’s one more thing it says.
In that verse there is an important word we must not miss. Perish. Those who don’t believe in Jesus will perish. What does that mean?
It means they won’t go to heaven. They won’t enjoy God’s blessings. They will be punished for their sins. This is how the answer to our Big Question puts it.
A: They will be cast out from the presence of God, into hell, to be justly punished, forever.
We can’t really imagine what that’s like, but what we do know, is that it is the worst thing that could ever happen to someone, which is why God sent Jesus. He doesn’t want anyone to perish. He wants us to trust in Him and be saved.
To help us remember why it is so important that we trust in Jesus and keep trusting in Him, let’s say the question and answer out loud together.
What happens after death to those not united to Christ by faith? They will be cast out from the presence of God, into hell, to be justly punished, forever.