The following is what I preached at dad’s funeral.
I. We need to go to the house of mourning Ecclesiastes 7:2
It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.
Take death seriously
Quit living like there is no tomorrow
Realize that things don’t matter
Realize this world doesn’t matter
II. Count your days Psalm 90:12
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Dad made preparations
–he had a living will
–his funeral was prepared and paid for
Dad made preparations by being sure of his salvation
Dad made preparations by getting his children under the sound of the gospel
Dad was a giver
Dad gave to missions
III. Dad understood some basic Biblical principles
Living is not about us but Christ Philippians 1:20-24
According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
Living is about service and ministry
Heaven is far better