OSCAR MURIU SENIOR PASTOR Nairobi Chapel Kenya
…During Sunday service yesterday, Pastor Oscar Muriu preached about death and dying. An honest, practical sermon on something we should all talk about and plan for but don’t.
His message comes from a recent journey through non-invasive heart surgery. My notes below don’t do Pastor Oscar justice. You really need to visit the Nairobi Chapel website and stream the message. Listen for yourself and plan. http://nairobichapel.net/mediacast/on-death-dying-pst-oscar-muriu/
That said, I’m happy to share what I took out of his preaching. The notes below infuse my thoughts and his. If it makes sense, thank him. If it doesn’t, blame me.
Nairobi Chapel | Oscar Muriu
19.02.17 | Death & Dying
1. God does not owe me life.
– no matter how good I have been, God doesn’t owe me anything.
– Stop bargaining with God — I have been good therefore, do this or that.
– Is. 64:6
– Instead of bargaining, ask God for mercy and grace.
– Ps. 103:1-6
2. God uses many different avenues to call us home
– What would your preferred door of death?
– When asked the above question, many people don’t even want to die.
– Ecc. 12:3-5; Heb. 9:27
– It is appointed for man once to die.
– Question is, are you ready?
– Christians fight death with all they have. Is heaven such a bad place?
– The best prayer is ‘Let your will be done’…for God will use any door e.g. Illness, accident, crime, medical negligence etc.
3. Have you prepared yourself for death?
– Have you put things in order? Or will things collapse because you didn’t plan?
– Is your spiritual life in order?
– Are your material possessions in order?
– Have you fixed broken relationships?
– Is your succession plan in place for your business?
– Have you blessed Your children and the loved ones.
– Have you prepared your spouse and family for your demise? How are you protecting your loved one and children? Have you disclosed all your wealth? Debts? Net worth? etc
– You and your spouse should have scenarios document that answers the what if questions — what if I die? What if I lose my job?
– Who will execute your will? Are you legally secure? Which lawyer will you work with to protect your family?
– Have we decided how much your family should spend on terminal care? When is it enough? When do we switch off the machine?
– Do we have to sell all assets and leave people impoverished to keep a dying one alive? Agree how much should be spent on your treatment before you get terminally ill and are unable to make decisions.
– Have you prepared for your funeral? How much should you spend? Where will you be buried? In what kind of a casket?
– Are you ready to look death in the face? Any moment is the opportunity for death’s door to open…and any time is right to discuss the above.