“That Ye Sorrow Not Even As Others Which Have No Hope”
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. This lesson is not going to say that we should not have some sorrow over the death of a brother or sister in Christ (Philippians 2:25-27).
1. Have we not scripturally sorrowed locally over the deaths of brothers Pritchard, Ford, and now our beloved brother Bill Wright (John 11:33-35 and Acts 8:2)?
2. Right now, we rightfully share in the sorrow of the Marty, Liz, Harold, and Andy (Romans 12:15).
B. Yes, we all know that death is a reality in life (Ecclesiastes 3:19-20) unless Christ comes first (II Peter 3:10).
1. However, when considering the death of the faithful, there is often a struggle in the timing (Philippians 1:20-24).
2. This is especially true when we lose a pillar in the Lord’s work (cf. Galatians 2:9).
II. Body: We need not have sorrow over the death of the faithful as the world sorrows over their lost (I Thessalonians 4:13-18)!
A. A child of God can see that death is better than birth in a lot of ways (Ecclesiastes 4:2 and Ecclesiastes 7:1).
1. We know that life does not end in this world (Luke 23:43 and II Corinthians 5:1).
2. The Scriptures say it is a blessing to die in the Lord (Revelation 14:13).
3. God certainly views the death of His children favorably (Psalms 116:15).
4. The death of a faithful Christian is a time wherein he or she has finished the course (II Timothy 4:6-8).
B. While Bill finished his race; he is still an example for us in many ways (cf. Philippians 3:17), even after he has left this world (Hebrews 11:4).
1. From fixing roofs, spiritual work, being a ride to a hospital; Bill was a worker (Hebrews 6:10-12) with the mindset of a servant (Galatians 5:13).
2. Bill was dependable (I Corinthians 4:2).
3.When needing correction, Bill was receptive (Proverbs 15:31-32).
4. Bill stood against error (II Corinthians 11:12-15), even in his own family (Matthew 10:37 and Romans 16:17-18).
5. He was kind (Ephesians 4:32), compassionate (I Peter 3:8), and yet when his “little flame” was lit he knew how to “man up” (I Corinthians 16:13).
6. For me, he was the perfect coworker in that his abilities worked great with mine to balance our work together (Romans 12:6-8). *Understand that this Scripture reference is talking about miraculous gifts, which I am not referring to. Just applying the principle of one’s abilities balancing others.
7. There are many more things that could be said, which in itself is a point to consider (Titus 2:7).
C. Will we look back on the good men who have passed and carry the work on as they did (i.e. Joshua 1:1-8)?
1. There are few laborers; we need to step up (Matthew 9:36-38).
2. With the fall of great men, there arises the need for lesser men to stand up and press forward (Hebrews 11:32-12:2).
III. Conclusion: As we sorrow over the loss in the kingdom of a great soldier, let’s remember that a brother died in hope rather than despair (Titus 3:7).
© 2012 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager