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Sunday School: Christian Ethics (Pt. 15.2: Illness and Death)

March 1, 2020 Speaker: John Bell Series: Sunday School: Christian Ethics

A. UNDERSTANDING AGING AND DEATH

1. Aging and Death Are the Result of Sin.
2. Death Is Not a Punishment for Christians.
3. Aging and Death Are the Final Outcome of Living in a Fallen World.
4. God Uses the Experiences of Aging and Death to Complete Our Sanctification.
5. Our Experience of Death Completes Our Union with Christ.
6. Obeying God Is More Important Than Preserving Our Own Lives.


B. SOME BLESSINGS THAT COME WITH AGING
1. An Opportunity for Greater Trust in Christ for Effectiveness in Ministry and in the
Ordinary Conduct of Life.
2. An Opportunity for Greater Growth in Holiness of Life, Spiritual Maturity, and Prayer.
3. An Opportunity to Believe That God Will Reveal a Proper Response to Every Difficult
Situation.
4. An Opportunity to Be Grateful for the Dignity That Belongs to Physical Signs of Aging.


C. SOME DIFFICULTIES OF AGING
1. Aging Still Brings Difficulties, and Death Is Still an Enemy.
2. Should Christians Use Hair Dye, Dental Braces, and Cosmetic Surgery to Hide the Effects of Aging?


D. HOW SHOULD WE THINK AND FEEL ABOUT OUR OWN DEATH AND THE DEATHS OF OTHERS?
1. We Should Not Be Fearful about Our Own Death.
2. It Is Right for Us to Experience Both Grief and Joy When Loved Ones Die.
3. Sorrow at the Death of Unbelievers.


E. PREPARING FOR DEATH
1. The Importance of Having a Will and Preparing End-of-Life Medical Directives.
a. The Importance of a Will:


Many people avoid making wills because:
1. They just don’t get around to it.
2. They are not comfortable sharing personal details with strangers.
3. They are not ready to make important life decisions.
4. They are unaware of the consequences of not having a will.
5. They are avoiding dealing with family issues.
6. There is a disagreement between spouses about having a will.
7. They think it takes too much effort.
8. They are unsure where to start.
9. Young people believe they do not need wills.
10. They believe only wealthy people need wills.


The top 9 reasons for having a will are:
1. You decide how your estate will be distributed.
2. You decide who will take care of your minor children.
3. To avoid a lengthy probate process.
4. To minimize estate taxes.
5. You decide who will wind up the affairs of your estate.
6. You can disinherit individuals who would otherwise stand to inherit.
7. To make gifts and donations.
8. You can change your mind if your life circumstances change.
9. Tomorrow is not promised.


One other reason people might avoid preparing a will is that they do not think they are about to die.

b. The Importance of an Advance Medical Directive:


F. IS CREMATION AN ACCEPTABLE ALTERNATIVE TO BURIAL?