Some of those of you who know me may remember that I’ve been working on publishing book for a while. Well, it is finally published and can be obtained as either a physical book or an electronic book from Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/s?k=park+linscomb+next&crid=1RBJRDI36203Z&sprefix=Linscomb+Next%2Caps%2C158&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_13)
There is a clear gap in the knowledge of the Scripture’s teaching about the afterlife due partly to infrequent teaching on the topic, but also complicated by multiple religious groups teaching myriad afterlife doctrines. And this isn’t just my isolated observation. In an article I’ve read since beginning this book, Dr. Allan J. McNicol noted, “In my teaching in churches I find there is considerable confusion about historic Christian teaching on these matters. The church is in desperate need for teachers to think through and restate in a fresh way the biblical teaching on the last things. When one reads the Bible in its total canonical context, it is amazing how much of the text is concerned with the new world God is bringing.” Biblical teaching about the afterlife (a.k.a., the Christian hope) has been on the back burner for too long.
Yet it is the Christian hope that can help provide the resolve and strength for right living, perseverance, obedience, sacrifice, joy, and more. Is it possible that part of the abandonment of faith that we wring our hands about so much these days has to do with the scarcity and want of this very important biblical doctrine?
I hope you’ll consider picking up my new book up and possibly using it in your own congregation as class material. I’m also in the process of putting together a workbook and workshop, if you think your congregation might benefit from a Gospel meeting or congregational study of what comes next.