Use this free adult Sunday school lesson to begin a class discussion on life after death. Death, though uncertain and sometimes frightening, is not the end for Christians. We are secure in the knowledge that we, along with our loved ones, will rise again in Christ.
Adult Sunday School Lesson: “Life After Death”
For a Christian, death is just the beginning. It is not to be feared, though that is an innate reaction very hard to control. God wants us to live long and happy lives on earth, but He also wants us to look forward to the life that begins after death.
1 Peter 1:3-5, 8-9
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
The resurrection of Jesus is what allows us to live after death. Because He was a man and conquered death by rising and ascending into heaven, we also have the chance to rise with him. Our inheritance, one that will never perish, is eternal life with God. It is only through Him that we are shielded from harm until the judgment day, at which time we will either gain eternal salvation and life with God or an eternity away from Him.
The second half of the passage says that the goal of having faith is the salvation of our souls, which means everlasting life. Because of Christ’s sacrifice, our salvation is ensured, as long as we accept Him as our Savior.
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