Heb. 9:27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment
In April of 1999 there was a tragic school shooting in Columbine, Colorado. You could say we
entered into a new season that day. Unexpected shootings have become more and more
common since then. They have happened in movie theaters, shopping malls, elementary
and high schools, and even on military bases. It seems as if there is really no safe zone in our
modern world. As a response to this explosion of violence, Victory Fellowship began a
production called Beyond the Grave in October of 1999. There have been hundreds of
performances with thousands of young people being impacted and converted to the Christian
faith over theses last eighteen years. Tonight, we begin the nineteenth season of performances of Beyond the Grave.
What has caused the unexpected success of BTG? It seems to have captured the sense of the
hopelessness that this world is engulfed in and at the same time present the hope offered to us
in the message of the gospel. The gospel story never gets old, ‘God so loved the world’ is still
the greatest of all messages.
Solomon, in Ecclesiastes, talks about eternity in our hearts. The Fire Bible explains the
significance of this.
“God has placed within each person an inborn desire for something beyond our earthly
existence. Deep inside, human beings want to live forever in peace. They want to find lasting
value in the world and the activities of life; they want to be a part of something with eternal
meaning. That is why material things, worldly activities and the pleasures of earth will never fully satisfy.”
Is it possible we live in a generation that has learned to be satisfied in the conveniences and
pleasures available to us in our highly technical, modern world? It seems as if the combination
of the conveniences our society affords us and the “best life now” message that has over run
the modern church world has inoculated this generation from the power of the gospel. The
hunger for eternity that is in all of our hearts explains the popularity of the production Beyond
the Grave. Is there a hunger crying out inside of you? Do you know that there must be more to
life than a new smart phone, a football game, or another three day weekend? Maybe its time to
dig below the surface and allow your heart’s cry for more to be released. Tonight could be
historic. Why not make some phone calls and bring a carload of friends to Beyond the Grave?