SAFE! – A FUNERAL MESSAGE FOR THE DEATH OF A CHRISTIAN – SELECTED SCRIPTURES

This is a special sermon outline. It is special because the person who wrote the main points was my mentor and pastor, Rev. George Headley Jr. Pastor Headley was a very special person in my life and contributed greatly to my Christian growth and my decision to follow God’s call to be a pastor.

Death is a time of sorrow. We mourn for the person who passed away. We mourn for those he/she left behind. When the person who died is a born-again Christian, we can be comforted because that person is safe, and we need not feel his/her eternal well-being.

(Name of Person) was a believer.

He/she believed that he/she was a sinner.

He/she believed that Jesus died for his sins, was buried and rose again.

He/she believed that Jesus was the only way to Heaven, and at a specific moment in time, trusted Jesus as His Savior.

So what happens to a believer when he dies?

PASSAGE THROUGH THE VALLEY

Psalm 23:4 – Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;

PEACEFUL HOME GOING

Psalm 116:15 – Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints

PROMOTION TO HEAVENLY HOME

John 14:2-3 – In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

PERPETUAL GAIN

Psalm 16:11 – Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 23:6 – Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

PASSAGE THROUGH THE VALLEY

PEACEFUL HOME-GOING

PROMOTION TO HEAVENLY HOME

PERPETUAL GAIN 

These things were true for (Name of person) because he/she trusted Christ as Savior.

Are they true for you?

Will you come to the Lord Christ, trusting Him as your Savior?