Death is inevitable. It can leave behind an emotional scar on the minds of the people. Funeral sermons are done with an aim to preach a comforting funeral message to the family and friends of the dead. It will also help to honor the deceased. Let’s take a look at some of the funeral sermon outlines:
The praise of the divine
A sermon should start with the praise of the divine and the worship of the Almighty God. It is appropriate to render praise and thanks for this wonderful life and the gifts bestowed upon us. It is very important to acknowledge important aspects of the life given by the grace of God. As the funeral scripture says “Every good and perfect gift, comes from above, comes from the Father of Lights, in whom there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
People often forget to do Funeral prayers for the deceased and the dead. While preparing your sermon, you can include the prayers for the deceased and the dead. St. Paul says, “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ and render an account for what we have done, whether good, or evil, and receive recompense or punishment for what we have done.”
Preparation for the death
The reality of life is that one day we all have to leave this place. You can prepare them for death and make them realize that one day they have to render account to the Almighty God. As the verse says “Here is the judgment in question, that the Light has come into the world, but many prefer the darkness because their deeds are sinful.”
Since everybody at that time is thinking about death, it is very important to provide hope and motivation. At that time you can speak about the reality of life that it is transitory and short. You can say each human is created in the image of God.
Funeral Passages – Favorable bible verses
When a person dies, it is only the body that is affected. The soul is passed from this life to the next. Jesus says “Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all life to him” (Luke 20:38)”. This is not the end but the beginning of something new. Another verse which you can use is “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8 in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing”.
According to the Bible, “weep with those who weep”. This is because it provides them with more comfort.
The basic funeral sermon outlines that you should prepare the opening funeral prayer worshipping God. You can read the person’s story giving details about where they were born, their family, friends etc. You can also include the popular verses from Bible which act as funeral readings and provide a sense of hope to the family members.
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