Where’s Home?

NOTES FROM A SERMON PRESENTED BY DR. GREG SLOOP AT THE KANNAPOLIS CHURCH OF GOD ON SUNDAY, October 7, 2018 IN THE 10:30 AM SERVICE.  FOR VIDEO OF SERVICES, GO TO THE CHURCH WEBSITE, HTTP://WWW.KCOG.ORG, AND CLICK ON THE LIVESTREAM LINK FOR A REPLAY OF THE SERVICES.  FOR AUDIO OF THE SERVICES, GO THE THE WEBSITE AND CLICK ON THE MEDIA PAGE.

2 Corinthians 5:1–8 (NKJV)

  • 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, 3 if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. 4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.
  • 5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. 6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

The Assurance of a Better Home

  • For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
    • Obsession with the Human Body
    • This Body is Temporary
    • Our Real Home is Eternal

Groaning for Heaven

  • For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.
    • The Suffering of This Body
    • The Completion of Our Restoration and Redemption
    • Life Wins for the Christian!

This Home is Inferior

  • 5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. 6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.
    • Who prepared us for the Home to come?
    • Who gave us His guarantee?
    • Who will welcome us there?

That Home is the Ultimate

  • 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
    • How do we know the home to come is the ultimate?
      • By faith
      • By Biblical evidence and description
      • By the hope of Glory!

Takeaway Thoughts

  • This Home is Temporary and Inferior
  • Remember That and Live for the Future Home
  • There is Only One Way to Get to That Home
  • You Must Go By the Cross
  • The Cross is the Place to Trade This Home for That Home

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