If I Should Die Before I Wake
'Now I lay me down to sleep I pray the Lord my soul to keep If I should die before I wake I pray the Lord my soul to take' New England Primer, 1737 According to the pollsters a...
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'Now I lay me down to sleep I pray the Lord my soul to keep If I should die before I wake I pray the Lord my soul to take' New England Primer, 1737
According to the pollsters a belief in Heaven is actually on the increase. Although the thought of heaven may be popular, probably less thought is given to how to get there than your annual holiday. It is only when events rudely awaken us that we are pressed into asking some of the serious questions about the place where most people expect to go. Sometimes the prompt is our children with a plaintive "Where is Grandma now?" Mostly, though, thoughts of heaven and more particularly the death that precedes going there are pushed out by the hedonistic lifestyle that most of us live. If the purpose of life is simply to enjoy it, then an absence of life (i.e. death) is a recipe for no fun at all! But still we believe in heaven.
In this contemporary classic Scott and Sinclair discuss why no one really dies of 'natural causes', gives true/false answers to the reasons people think will get them to heaven, explains what the Bible has to say about the future, what heaven is like and how to be ready for death.
Facing death enables us to face life � knowing more about your future makes an enormous difference to the present. It's time you looked your future square in the face and thought 'What does it hold for me?'
Sinclair B. Ferguson (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is Senior Minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, SC, and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books including Taking the Christian Life Seriously; Man Overboard; Know your Christian Life; Grow in Grace; Discovering God's Will; Handle with Care; A Heart for God; Kingdom Life in a Fallen World; Children of the Living God; John Owen on the Christian Life; Undaunted Spirit; Daniel (Communicator's Commentary); Understanding the Gospel; Healthy Christian Growth; Read Any Good Books?; Deserted By God?; If I Should Die Before I Wake; The Pundit's Folly; The Holy Spirit; Let's Study Philippians; Let's Study Mark and The Big Book of Questions and Answers About Jesus.
K. Scott Oliphint (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) is Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is the author of Reasons For Faith; The Battle Belongs to the Lord: The Power of Scripture For Defending Our Faith; Revelation and Reason and If I Should Die Before I Wake: Help for Those Who Hope for Heaven.