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HELL IS A TERRIBLE PLACE 

Scriptures: Matthew 5:22, 29–30; Mark 9:43–48

Memory verse: Matthew 10:28
"Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell."

Lead—In

Life is full of good experiences and bad experiences. Thinking and talking about pleasant places we have stayed makes us happy.

Ask the students to share about some good places where they have stayed. (Allow responses.)

Reviewing and reflecting on terrible places we have stayed makes us sad.

Ask students to share about terrible places they have stayed. And the very thought of the experience makes them sad, destroys their joy. (Allow responses.)

Today we will study about a place called "hell." It is a terrible, horrible and dreadful place. When people hear a description of the place, one thing is certain, none of them want to go there!

Hearing God's Word

Most young people have heard the word "hell" and may have used it when swearing. Yet, many have no idea of what the place is really like. A lot of them do not understand that the lifestyle they are living is leading them in the direction of hell.

Ask: How would you describe hell? (Allow responses.)

Talking about hell, what it is like and the purpose for its existence, is not a popular subject to be discussed. In answering questions about hell, we must go the Bible in order to find the correct answers.

Teaching of Jesus

Jesus Christ is the Person who is responsible for the doctrine of hell. The word "hell" is used 14 times in the New Testament. Twelve times it came from Jesus' lips. He is the One who developed such phrases as: The unquenchable fire, the worm that does not die, outer darkness, weeping and gnashing of teeth, comforted and tormented.

If Jesus said it, it must be true. The One who taught us about heaven is the same One who teaches us about hell. Jesus is an authority on heaven and He also is an authority on hell. Let us look at the 12 times Jesus used the word "hell" in the gospels and see what we can learn about this terrible place.

  • "And anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell" (Matthew 5:22). Lesson: Our unjust, angry words turn us toward hell.
  • "It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell" (Matthew 5:29). Lesson: Cut away anything that may send you to hell; there will be pain in hell.
  • "It is better to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell" (Matthew 5:30). Lesson: Get rid of anything that causes you to stumble or falter in your walk with the Lord; no sacrifice is too great.

Ask the students to quote the memory verse. Take time and have several say it. Then, say it together.

  • "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell" (Matthew 10:28). Lesson: We should highly respect and listen to God who is in control of both our physical body and our soul—the part of us that will exist forever.
  • "It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell" (Matthew 18:9). Lesson: "Thrown" speaks of being cast away and destroyed. Fire is burning in hell.
  • "You make them twice as much a child of hell as you are" (Matthew 23:15). Lesson: Converts of hypocrites are headed in the direction of hell.
  • "You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell" (Matthew 23:33)? Lesson: Rejecting the word of God presented by His messengers removes any possible chance for you to escape the fire of hell.
  • "It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out...It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell...It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell" (Mark 9:43-47). Lesson: Hell is a place of eternal, everlasting torment. Whatever is causing you to travel the road to hell, get rid of it no matter what the cost.
  • "Fear him who after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell" (Luke 12:5). Lesson: Bow to God's authority by accepting His plan of salvation and escape eternal punishment in hell.
  • "In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side" (Luke 16:23). Lesson: The ungodly will suffer torment in hell. They do not want any one joining them. Hell is terrible!

Accepting God's Word

The teaching of Jesus about hell calls for three responses from each of us.   

1. Get saved. Confess our sins to Jesus and accept Him as our Saviour.

2. Call family and friends to faith in Jesus Christ in order for them to be set free from sin and have the assurance they are not going to hell.

3. Preach the gospel to people in every tribe so that they can be saved too and not go to hell.

Ask if there are those that would like to accept Jesus today and return home knowing they are on their way to heaven rather than hell.

Meet the Bengali

LOCATION

Bangladesh
Population 91,348,000
27% Muslim | 8% Hindu | Less than 1% Christian

West Bengal, India

Population 160,400,000
89.7% Muslim | 9.2% Hindu | 0.66% Christian

The homeland of the Bengal people is the independent nation of Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal. They speak the Bengali language. Dhaka and Kolkata are two of the largest mega-cities of the world and inhabited mostly by the Bengalis.

The traditional Bengali staple diet is rice and fish, leading to a saying in Bengali, machhe bhate bangali that translates as "fish and rice make a Bengali".

Bengali women commonly wear the shari (sari), often distinctly designed according to local cultural customs. In urban areas, many women and men wear Western-style attire. Men also wear traditional costumes such as the Panjabi with dhuti.

Bengali weddings include many rituals and ceremonies that can span several days. Although Muslim and Hindu marriages have their distinct religious rituals, there are many common Bengali rituals in weddings across both West Bengal and Bangladesh.

Cricket and football are popular sports in the Bengal region. Dhaka and Chittagong are home to some of the most renowned football clubs in South Asia and are prominent venues for international cricket.

ASSESSMENT

Islam first arrived in Bengal during the 8th century AD. Bengal came under Muslim rule during the early 13th century and remained so till the beginning of British rule in the mid-18th century.

Christianity first arrived in the 16th century, and spread with the efforts of Portuguese missionaries. During British Rule in the 18th century, many prominent Bengalis converted to Christianity including Krishna Mohan BanerjeeMichael Madhusudan Dutt, and Gnanendramohan TagoreBengali Christians played a significant role in the Bengali renaissance.

APPEAL

Currently the Bangladesh Assemblies of God have established over 400 churches with 11,600 believers in attendance, led by 210 pastors. The Assemblies of God have a strong presence in West Bengal, India, too. Pray for the Holy Spirit's anointing to rest upon their efforts to advance the Kingdom of God.

There are 1,400 Bengalis in Kenya. They need to be introduced to Jesus. Also, nearly every country in Africa has an Indian population, often involved in the business sector. They, too, need to hear the gospel. Make friends with them. Pray for them. Share with them what Jesus Christ has done in your life. God is "Not wanting anyone (Indian) to perish, but everyone to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).

REMEMBER TO PRAY!
Pray for the Bengali Tribe

1. Living in Bangladesh and India,
2. The 1,400 living in Kenya,
3. Believing youth to witness to all Indians attending their school.

Prayer Promise

"For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him" (Psalm 103:11).

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Remember: HELL IS A TERRIBLE PLACE

Memory verse: Matthew 10:28
"Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell."

1. Hell is a real place. The Bible tells me so.
2. Sinners go there after they die for all eternity.
3. Sinners bound for hell need to hear the gospel. I will be God's messenger.

Pray for the Bengali tribe.
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