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No Repentance In The Grave. RCCG House Fellowship Manual.


OPENING PRAYER: Father, help me to repent of all my sinful way.

PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE: Leaders should ask members why believers or Christians get lost over the things of the earth and not focus on God.


MEMORY VERSE: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: ” – Hebrews 9:27

BIBLE TEXT: Luke 16:19-31 (KJV)

19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:

20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,

21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence

27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:

28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.




The English Dictionary describes Repentance as a feeling of pain or sorrow being sincerely affected by a sense of guilt and resolved on amendment. It can simply be said to be a process of making a turn-around from previously existing way of life here on earth.

In the text above, it is true that the rich man eventually was remorse and felt guilty but there was no opportunity to make an amendment any longer. The claim of repentance after death is not defended by any part of the Bible, Old or New Testament.

TEXT REVIEW: Luke 16:19-31

i. Once you are dead you can’t repent anymore.
ii. Repentance can’t take place when you are dead.



  1. Conviction through the word of God.
  2. There will be no Bible in Heaven.
  3. The feeling of guilty/remorse.
  4. The physical nature of feeling will have left this this earthy space.
  5. Abandoning/rejecting the sin and embracing a new lease of life.
  6. Like the rich man even when he refreshed for his own on health was turned down.

These three steps if genuine refines only a living soul, the steps can work for all kinds of sinful condition and will really require the physical contribution of the conscience of the individual and not a dead person.

ACTIVITY: Discuss why we find repentance hard to do when we know we are guilty?



SUMMARY: We can die at any time, so we must check ourselves as believers.

CONCLUSION: Repentance can take place just before you give up the ghost but NEVER when you have died. Hence it is also said that there is hope for a living soul no matter what the level of sin may be, but there cannot be any opportunity when you have died or in the grave as explained in our text today.


  1. Father, thank You for the free gift of salvation, if we are to pay, many poor will go to hell.
  2. Father, please help all your children (Christians) who are called by Your name to continue to WORKOUT their salvation with fear and trembling.
  3. Dear Lord, help erase the doctrine that teaches that there can be forgiveness for the dead.
  4. Lord of Host, please let Your blood speak better things about the Church of Christ on earth.
  5. Redeer, please help touch the heart of people on their dying bed to receive Your salvation gift in Jesus Name.
  6. Father, before it becomes late, please every Christian to amen their ways through the shed of blood of Christ in the Name of Jesus.
  7. Father, please intervene in every pandemic that is processing more people to hell, send salvation message to the sick all over the world in Jesus Name.


MONDAY: Father, don’t let salvation be too late for any of my loved ones.

TUESDAY: Man dies but one, no other life can be experienced until the seat of judgment has taken place, you have no power to change it.

WEDNESDAY: Father, please release more words and revelation of sermons of repentance on our pulpits.

THURSDAY: No one really becomes a Christian genuinely without going through repentance.

FRIDAY: Father, let Godly sorrow that worketh repentance catch up with Your children who are wallowing in sin. 2 Corinthians 7:10.

SATURDAY: Every death processing men into hell world, intervene now.

SUNDAY: No medicine after death, therefore repent now and escape hell.

House Fellowship Anthem

1 I love this family Of God,
So closely knitted into one,
They have taken me into their arms
And ‘am so glad to be
A part of this great family

2 I bless this family of God,
So greatly prospered by the Lord,
They have taken me into their arms
And ‘am so glad to be
A part of this great family

3 I know this family of God,
So deeply rooted in the word,
They have taken me into their arms
And ‘am so glad to be
A part of this great family

4 I see this family of God,
So highly lifted above all,
They have taken me into their arms
And ‘am so glad to be
A part of this great family

5 Come and join this family of God,
So highly favoured by the Lord,
They have taken me into their arms
And ‘am so glad to be
A part of this great family

10 minutes for Opening Prayer, Praise and Worship

10 minutes for Testimonies
15 minutes for Bible Discussion
15 minutes for General Prayers
10 minutes for Questions & Answers
5 minutes for Welcoming New Members
10 minutes for Announcements, Offering, House Fellowship Anthem & Closing Prayers.
Total – 60 Minutes (1 Hour)

Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
The General Overseer of, The Redeemed Christian Church Of God.


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