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What To Do When a Saint Dies - by Michael Phillips
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1 Corinthians 15:12-58
Jan 09, 2011 am - What To Do When a Saint Dies On January 18, 1857, Charles Spurgeon came to the pulpit in London and preached A Sermon with Seven Texts. It was a masterpiece of eloquence and pastoral theology, and I'm not going to match it this morning! But I've got almost as many texts, and from these five verses I'll try to answer the question we've all been thinking of the last few days, and that is- What do we do when a saint dies. The 'saint' I have in mind, of course, is my father, a man we all love and will miss dearly. But, though it is his death that prompts this sermon, the verses apply equally to anyone who dies in Christ while leaving us behind. WE SORROW The first thing we do is Sorrow, 1 Thessalonians 4:13- But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. Some have taken this verse to mean we shouldn't sorrow at all, that grieving over the dead in Christ implies we don't believe in heaven, or don't believe he's gone there! Horsefeathers! I try to be an open-minded man, but there's nothing I hate more than a funeral pretending to be a celebration of life. It isn't that! Birthdays celebrate life, ... More >>>

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