Another Sermon for the Scattered and Starving Bible Believing Christians All Over the World Wide Web
2005 - Touchet Baptist Church, Touchet, Washington - Pastor Mike Paulson - 2005
Learning the way of God more perfectly - Acts 18:

How To Die Well!
His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant;
thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things:
enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Matthew 25:23
For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
II Timothy 4:6,7
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
Psalm 23:4a

Click here for the notes for Part II - the evening service - the notes that accompany the audio sermon part II.

Lately, I have been making comments towards being at peace while I live and then after I die, but how the dying process isn't something I am looking forward to.

Well, after reading a number of books on the War Between the States (Civil War), and after reading a little tract written by Rick Williams (The Virginia Gentleman) on Patrick Henry, "He Died Well" along with reading a sermon by Samuel Davies, preached to the militia of Hanover Country, Virginia, on May 8, 1758 called "The Curse of Cowardice," I was given this sermon to preach to myself - and if anyone else wants to hear, than I pray God gives you the courage to die well as that is my personal desire and prayer for myself!

The members here at Touchet Baptist Church, along with our World Wide Web family, have a number of aches and afflictions - some situations are almost too great to bear knowing what they may bring in those dying moments, days, months or even years - especially among our ladies.

This sermon is not to whine; it is not to desire or offer sympathy, but to exhort, comfort, strengthen, encourage each other as well as just to challenge us to make ourselves available to give an ear and a hand when, where and how we can to each other, no matter if we are in Touchet or in the web family somewhere around this world.

We are all stricken with aging, it is just that we are all stricken with it differently...
it seems that some faster than others;
some harder than others;
some more hurtful as the days wear on...

We need each other more than ever these last days - whether they are getting closer to being the last days alive or just last days on earth before the rapture!
I Thessalonians 5:10-13
...whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.  Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

Hebrews 10:24,25
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.  (this is not to be used as a guilty muscle to force church attendance - this is to assemble anytime anywhere.)

I Peter 4:7-10
But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Galatians 6:10  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Christ Died So We Could Live Well!
(meaning to live according to His ways...
...and not seeking worldly materialistic abundance and prosperity!)

I Timothy 2:1-3   I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;  For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honestyFor this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

I Timothy 6:17  Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

II Timothy 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

II Peter 1:2-4   Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Philippians 4:19  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Any glory in our life is to be all HIS!
Any vengeance is to be all HIS!
Any increase is HIS!
Any godly walk is HIS!
Any understanding is HIS!
Any armour is HIS!
Any rewards are HIS!
Any joy is HIS!
Any gladness is HIS!
Any light is HIS!
Anything present is HIS!
Anything future is HIS!
 takes away any boasting on our part! 

He snuffs our pride!

these things are not to be our concern!

And yet, He makes us a joint-heir with Him!

That also includes any suffering, that is HIS suffering!

Our sin even became His!
He washed away our sins.. that issue is gone!

Even our bad works will eventually burn!

He already has made us sinless and eventually we will be faultless.
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling,
and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy...
Jude 24

We Must Then Live Well So We Can Die Well!
For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake,
that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
II Corinthians 4:11

Our body is still a body of flesh- mortal flesh - the body of this death, as Paul calls it in Romans 7.

Praise Him for His operation - the circumcision made without hands...
...So we can still have life to live!

Romans 8:10  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
Romans 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:4  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Galatians 5:25  If we  live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Really Dead - not 'almost dead!'
Have you ever touched a Christian's dead body after they have died physically? Everybody should - even children and especially teens!  That body is empty - It is cold - it is hard!

There is no soul, no spirit of man, no Spirit of God - and the sin that was in there is done - kaput - out of power!

Thought:  the life of that sin in the flesh has to be the 'another Spirit' that Paul warns about following, etc. receiving, etc. because there is sure nothing there when one sees only the mortal flesh!

Paul calls this our mortal flesh (subject to death) & our mortal body; someday it will put on immortality!

Romans 6:12  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

Romans 8:11  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

I Corinthians 15:53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

I Corinthians 15:54  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

If how we LIVE must be for His glory, then...
"How We Die" Must Also Be For His Glory

I Corinthians 10:31  Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

I Peter 5:10  But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

I Peter 2:20  For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

Romans 8:18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

II Corinthians 1:5  For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

II Corinthians 1:7  And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.

Philippians 3:10  That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

Hebrew 2:9  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

James 5:10  Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.

I Peter 4:13  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

P.S. Don't Blame God, either!

Note: Remember, some if not 'much' of our suffering could also be a result of NOT doing God's work and His will, too - even if it be 'good' - you know, doing right wrong, etc.

It could just be a result of the flesh - II Corinthians 9:6  But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
Galatians 6:7,8  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

It could be the result of following the preaching of another Jesus and another spirit with a perverted gospel!
And some of the misery in our lives may be because we have wrongly followed those who promise liberty... II Peter 2:18-22  For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.  While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.  For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.  But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.  ...and we go right back to where we started from - only worse!

Sanballat and Tobiah can have their way with us if we are not alert to them, amen?  Amen!

So don't be so quick to blame God, or to accuse God, or doubt God or to assign to God any chastisement other than His words, etc.  The details for that sermon is soon to come.

Here are some...
Ways we can LIVE WELL so we can DIE WELL...
...when the time comes!
be it suddenly or slowly...

Listen well!

Lean well! Learn the - KJV1611 - Book well!

Part II
Evening Service
Notes for the audio sermon II begin here!

Comments are made that this sermon can be applicable in any and all areas of life that are 'dying.'  One's job, his family, the local church, the preaching, etc. all the stuff that is dying these days so the new World Friendly Amerika with it's new ecumenical Christianity can be taken over.  As everything we knew of in America dies, here is how God can still get the glory.

Lay Down well! Loosen - Let Go well! Leave Behind well! (the past is passed) Loathe well! Lodge well! Laugh well! Lift well! Labour well! Live well! Long well!  (groaneth) Love his appearing well!

I hope this all helps you and me Die Well when the time comes.
Our life, our death AND our dying should give Him glory!