Believers and non-believers alike have an insatiable curiosity about what happens after death. But often the accounts written by people who claim to have journeyed to---and from---heaven are inconsistent, dream-like, and contradictory. In this timely volume, McKnight delivers a detailed description of eternity based on Scripture, and answers 10 frequently asked questions. Now includes discussion guide.
Heaven. Eternity. The Afterlife.
When you mention any of these concepts, people of all ages and from all walks of life are certain to have opinions. How can we know for sure what heaven will be like?
According to New Testament scholar and popular author Scot McKnight, all we need to do is turn to Scripture to answer our questions.
McKnight helps you examine Gods Word in order to discover what awaits you on the other side of the grave and find answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding heaven, including:
1. What about Near Death Experiences?
2. What about Rewards in Heaven?
3. Who Will Be in Heaven?
4. Is God Fair?
5. Will There Be Families in Heaven?
6. What about Children Who Die?
7. What about Cremation?
8. What about Purgatory?
9. Will There Be Pets in Heaven?
10. Why Believe in Heaven?
Heaven isnt the construction of a fairy tale or some mystical narrative. Its very real; its very good; and its very much the fulfillment of Gods promise to you.
Author of more than fifty books including The Jesus Creed, Dr. Scot McKnight currently serves as a Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. A much-sought-after public thinker and speaker, he blogs regularly at Patheos under the banner of "Jesus Creed." He and his wife, Kris, enjoy life in the suburbs of Chicago.
"Im genuinely excited by The Heaven Promise. With so many fascinated by the conversation of heaven and even near-death experiences, McKnight calls us to see heaven through the lens of Scripture and the redemption story of God in Christ. Its both theologically robust and very accessible. This book speaks to pastors and leaders in the church as well as to parishioners in the pews. What a gift!"
Rev. Eugene Cho, senior pastor, Quest Church, and author of Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World?
"This bookgrounded in solid research and biblical interpretationactually stirs up a longing for heaven. Its a busting up of stereotypes and misconceptions. Thank you, Scot McKnight, for painting a picture of a place I would actually love to be for eternity!"
Nancy Beach, leadership coach with Slingshot Group, and author of Gifted to Lead: The Art of Leading as a Woman in the Church
"What a terrific book! Scot lays out the great questions about heavenWhat will it be like? Whos going there?and seeks to address them with biblically grounded wisdom."
John Ortberg, senior pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, and author of All the Places to Go
"I serve in a community where hopelessness and resilience coexist and the constant reality of death looms daily. Hope and clarity about heavens promise are truly needed to empower the church, especially among those most affected by these realities. Scot McKnight helps the church to realize Gods truth about the life to come. This brings hope for us in the now."
Pastor Phil Jackson, MDiv, associate pastor of Lawndale Christian Community Church; lead pastor of The House, Christ-Centered Hip-Hop Worship Service; and founder and chief visionary officer of the Firehouse Community Art Center
"Fanciful visions and imaginative opinions of heaven are all around us. Thankfully Scot McKnight moves us beyond the realm of wishes to the great promise of heaven given us by God. With wit, care, and fine biblical insight, this book offers a clear understanding of the hope we have for life with God in a heavenly kingdom far better than we can imagine. The Heaven Promise is a gift to the church."
Vincent Bacote, PhD, director, Center for Applied Christian Ethics, Wheaton College
"Scot McKnights timely words help us understand the importance of Gods Heaven Promise at a time when the worldand the churchis reeling from one tragedy after another. His biblical approach firmly grounds the imagination, reminding us that God is All in All. I agree with Scot that everything hinges on the resurrection of Jesus, and that means not only the heaven to come, but also the way heaven people live now. We cannot know everything about heaven now, but what we can understand makes us want to say with the apostle John, Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!"
Dr. Kent Brantly, Ebola survivor and co-author of Called
From the Hardcover edition.