Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
October 19, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Subject
The Final Home
Description
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday October 19, 2014
The Final Home
“ ...man goeth to his long home and the mourners go about the streets” ( Eccl. 12:5 ).
America was founded by people who sought values that 
included freedom of religion, self governance, and home ownership. 
The prospect of attaining those values caused many people to 
leave their home and sail to the New World. During the early stage 
of development, many of the Colonist perished owing to the hostile 
environment, limited food, and the absence of medical services. Yet 
the survivors continued to pursue their dream of freedom and 
ownership. Soon log cabins were built and home ownership thus 
became a reality. As the population increased there was a similar 
growth in the number of homes that were built. 
Although the luxury of home ownership was widespread in 
Colonial America, not all people were privileged to experience. Two 
groups - the American Indians and later the Slaves were denied the 
opportunity of home ownership. That unfortunate reality continues 
to exist in the land of the free and the home of the brave. There 
is a brighter side to the gloomy picture of home ownership; it is 
presented in the Bible as noted in the text earlier read where 
King Solomn wrote - “man goeth to his long home and the mourners 
go about the street”. That Scripture will anchor the message for this 
occasion entitled, The Final Home. Undergirding this message is the 
intent to remind us that our earthly home is but for a brief 
occupancy; hence, we are bound for The Final Home. Dimensions 
of this subject include three considerations: the value of home 
ownership, types of homes, and the final home. 
Prior to addressing these considerations, attention will be 
focused on the word home. The word home has both a physical 
and a psychological meaning. In the first context, home refers to 
the place of dwelling. When viewed psychologically, home denotes 
the attitude, feeling, and emotional identification that one has with 
a place of dwelling. 
The word home is used to describe many different types of 
behaviors and attitudes; some examples are: home front, home 
grown, home made, home sick, and home bound. 
This brief background on the word home leads to the first 
consideration of the subject which is - the value of home 
ownership. Historically, Americans have placed great emphasis on 
home ownership. In Colonial time, the settlers cut trees, cleaned 
the under bushes, and built log cabins as a place of dwelling; that 
process was known homesteading. As time passed, the people 
developed machinery and homes - as a place of dwelling - became 
more spacious; however, people now as during Colonial times were 
occupants in early homes but for a short while. In fact, many of 
them spent their closing years in an alternative home - a reality 
that leads to the second consideration of this message - types of 
homes. 
In terms of ownership, there are several types of home. The 
most sought type is known as the private home; it may be a small 
one bed room type or, in contrast, it may be a mansion. Other 
home types include public housing, absentee owner homes, 
personal care home, extended care facilities, and long term care 
often called nursing homes. The last two types are also known as 
alternative homes in that they offer a measure of assistance to the 
residents. This societal provision is highly desirable as people are 
living longer but experiencing more infirmities in the later years - 
just before they depart for the Final Home. Residency in these 
alternative living facilities, while offering needed assistance for the 
occupants, creates an awareness of minimal space and other 
needs that a person has to survive. For example, one becomes 
aware that only one bed is needed although many residents come 
from homes with four or more bed rooms. In this regard, these 
alternative living facilities help persons to form closure with 
respect to their closing phase of life. Additionally, that experience 
helps individuals to recognize and focus on the impending shift 
from the physical to the final home - an unavoidably fact that 
leads to the last consideration of this message; it is that of the 
final home. 
Beloved, it is a fact that innumerable people will never enjoy 
the prestige of owing a physical home. Countless others victims 
of the phenomenon known as homelessness. Another deprived 
segment of the American population is confined to subnormal 
homes. Although governmental agencies exist to promote home 
ownership, millions of people fall through the cracks of HUD, 
the FHA, Urban Renewal, and other programs designed to 
encourage and support home ownership. While this sad fact is 
widespread, there is an ultimate brighter side for all persons who 
love the Lord and await him coming. It is the unalterable Biblical 
fact that every person will one day move to the final home. The 
Bible has many references to the reality of the final home. Using 
just a few of them, it can be concluded that the final home is 
not one of material dimensions; not one of size; not one of 
appearance; not one of earthly location; and not one restricted to a 
specific group; instead; the final home is one that every person 
must - at some future time - move there into. The reality of this 
move to the final home has been a recurring theme in poems, 
songs, and the Holy Bible. As a closing emphasis, reference will be 
made to the words of one song and a citation of three Scriptures. 
The hymnal message is - “This world is not my home, I am 
just as pilgrim passing through; my treasures are laid up some 
where beyond the blue. The Angels beacon me from heaven bright 
and fair and I can’t feel like home in this world any more”. 

Lastly, attention is called to some Biblical teachings about 
the final home. 
Body as a tabernacle for the soul - ( II Peter 1:14 ) 
A departure - my time of departure is at hand ( II Tim. 4:6 ) 
Going away - I go away to prepare a place for you ( John 14:2 ) 
To the readers and/hearers of this sermon, please avoid 
becoming too attached to our earthly home while neglecting to 
make preparation for a move to the final home. Amen!
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