Traditional Service Worship: 11:00 am – September 30, 2018

Pastor Dr. Bryan George

Title: “Assisted Suicide”

Text: 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:9, Hebrews 11:1-3, 13-16
Focus: God gives life and owns our death. Everyone is in the process of dying and our last days can bring with them a heightened awareness, contentment, and redemption. To manipulate and speed up our death can deny the purposes of God.

I.  I) A tour through a hospital
All of us will face these life and death issues

II. What is euthanasia?
A documentary about teenagers in China or a “good death”?

III. What euthanasia is not:
Withdrawal or withholding life support: Letting nature take its course
Criteria for withholding life support:
All treatments likely to restore health have been exhausted
Life support is only prolonging death,
The patient does not wish to be kept alive by artificial means

IV. The Arguments for physician assisted suicide
If we do it for our pets, why not our loved ones?
Right for self-determination
End the prospect of suffering

V. The Arguments against physician assisted suicide
Who will decide?
Do we simply view the enfeebled and old as a drain on resources?
Alternatives to euthanasia: medication, hospice

VI. What Help does the Bible offer?
• Resist the temptation to judge a neighbor (James 4:11-12)
• Called to offer mercy to those in need (Luke 10:25ff)
• God is the source of life and death (Psalm 104, Genesis 9:5-6)
• It is God who numbers our days (Psalm 139:16)
• It is God who bought our lives with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
• Suffering can be redemptive (1 Peter 4:12-19)
• We live by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 4:16-5:9)
• Death has been swallowed up in victory (1 Corinthians 15:50ff)

VII. What is the position of the Church?
Paragraph 161 N “The Church opposes assisted suicide and euthanasia.”

VII. Visions of death with dignity

Helpful resource: Confronting the Controversies by Adam Hamilton

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