Funerals and Dying 1

Series: Funerals and Dying
Presenter: Bob Deffinbaugh

Join Bob Deffinbaugh as he shares great insights into the topic of funerals and dying. Part 1 of 4.

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Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. What observation did Joseph Bayly make in his book “The Last Thing We Talk About,” about people and how they deal with the dying?
They avoid talking to them about death and most times even avoid talking to them directly.
2. How can we show care for the caregivers?
Inquire about them. Show that you empathize with them and provide any help that will reduce the burden of the circumstance.
3. What must a dying believer be encouraged to do with regards to his or her faith?
Be diligent about sharing the faith and the gospel.

Discuss It

  1. What are some practical ways in which we can treat the dying as an individual?
  2. How are “modest” Christians doing a disservice to those who come to their funeral?
  3. Explain how one can use suffering as a stewardship for the gospel.

Apply It

  1. Imagine you have been asked to talk to a believer about his imminent death. Prepare a scenario on how you will approach the person and encourage him or her to use this opportunity to share the gospel with those around them.

Digging Deeper

“View from the Hearst.”  Renamed to “The Last Thing We Ever Talk About.” By Joseph Bayley.

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