Laurelwood Baptist Church
The Value of Belief
Archived – September 5, 2021
Main Scripture Reference(s)
Luke 16:19-31

The Value of Belief

September 5, 2021 / Pastor Dennis Beatty / Luke 16:19-31

What people believe determines their actions, their decisions, and their eternal destiny.

 Life on Earth

“Now there was a certain rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, gaily living in splendor every day. And a certain poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores.” Luke 16:19-21

In the Afterlife

“Now it came about that the poor man died and he was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away, and Lazarus in his bosom.” Luke 16:22-23

Requests in the Afterlife

“And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue; for I am in agony in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, in order that those who wish to come over from here to you may not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.’  And he said, ‘Then I beg you, Father, that you send him to my father’s house – for I have five brothers – that he may warn them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ But he said, ‘No, Father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.’” Luke 16:24-31

True or False?

  • The rich man was nice to Lazarus while they were alive. True or false?
  •  The rich man was worried about his brothers. True or false?
  • The rich man’s brothers did not know God. True or false?
  • The rich man’s importance on earth made him important after life. True or false?
  • Lazarus suffered on earth because he was a sinner. True or false?

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