So yesterday one of my good friends from college/church got married. At a Catholic church. Interesting development after years of being in the Nazarene church. But...to each his/her own. I'm still a little confused as to whether she actually got married in that hour and fifteen minute long Mass. I'm pretty sure she did, but I would have to go back to video footage to be totally positive.
Just proof that I could never be Catholic. Not that I don't love a good Gregorian Chant as much as the next person, but when that same church espouses to its followers that other non-Catholics (aka Protestants and yes, mother, that includes Nazarenes) aren't allowed to partake in Holy Communion because they have not (in their opinion) "[expressed] in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and with one another"- basically meaning that if you aren't Catholic, I'm sorry...you haven't been saved yet. Your bad.
Anyway, back to things at my unsaved Protestant church- Troy continued the sermon series, "Heaven" with some very enthusiastic preaching, which I appreciate, because he was getting so worked up over the discussion of theology. It's encourages my geekery. (And again, blogger spell check- geekery is a word. Urban dictionary, ever heard of it?)
Today he proceeded to answer some of the questions that the congregation had asked him over this past week. Like "did you say that my pet will get to heaven?" (He didn't, just bt-dub.)
Here are some of the key points from today's sermon:
1. You will see everything united. (You know that whole "I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and old earth passed away"? Yeah... that will be united in eternity.)
2. You will visit a big capital city that is really awesome. (That new Jerusalem and it'll be about 1400 miles- pretty large for just the capital city.)
3. You will not go to a church building for church. (The temple is no longer a building, because it will be the LORD GOD.)
4. You will experience perfect contentment. (You are welcome. Take a nap, if you like.)
5. You will hear from Jesus directly. (No more wondering if that prayer goes unanswered. Rev 21:6; 22:4; 19:16)
6. You will receive a resurrection body. (Rev 21:24; 1 Corinthians 15:40)
And that's just scratching the surface of everything that Troy talked about today. Good stuff. April 28th you will be able to watch the sermons again, so if you missed it, you can totally go to
Safe Haven's website and watch the WHOLE series from the beginning.
Hope you're excited for heaven. It's gonna be awesome.