Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on April 10, 2016:
- SUNDAY: John 14,
- MONDAY: 2 Corinthians 5,
- TUESDAY: Philippians 1, Revelation 1,
- WEDNESDAY: Luke 24,
- THURSDAY: John 21,
- FRIDAY: Revelation 22,
- SATURDAY: Psalm 73,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Heaven Sermon Title: Heaven Is More Than You Dream
Delivered On: April 3, 2016
- Heaven by Randy Alcorn
- Imagine Heaven by John Burke
- The Skeletons in God's Closet by Joshua Ryan Butler
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. ([bible]Colossians 3:1 [/bible])
Thank God for the amazing gift of grace and for going ahead of you to prepare an eternal place for you that is beyond description. Ask God to help you learn to set your heart and eyes on things that are eternal and beyond this life. Pray for people you love who have not yet learned the way to heaven.
A Shift in Understanding – Make a list of the different ways you have heard people describe what they think heaven will be like. Add ideas you have had through the years. Then, think about what we learned in this week’s message. What are some of your misunderstandings and how do you need to change your thinking about heaven?
Small Group Discussion
What was your idea or mental picture of heaven as a child? What are some of the incorrect ways our culture and media picture heaven?
What was one point of clarity or new insight about heaven that struck you in this week’s sermon about heaven?
Why is it so important that we have a clear and biblical picture of heaven locked in our hearts? How can this compelling vision help us in times of struggle and hardship? How does it keep the compass of our life directed toward Jesus in the good times of life?
Read: Revelation 21:1-8
What does this passage teach us about the destiny of human beings? According to what this passage says about heaven, what can we plan on, count on, and look forward to?
Read: Revelation 22:1-5
According to the picture painted in this passage, what do you think God is trying to help us see and anticipate about heaven?
Read: 1 Corinthians 15:42-44
When you think of having a perfected body that is imperishable, glorious, and powerful, what comes to mind? When you think of having perfected senses that fully enjoy the beauty and wonder of the new heaven and earth, what do you look forward to?
Read: Ephesians 2:6-7
What do you think about the idea of learning, growing, and deepening in every way, including spiritually, for eternity? What are some of the aspects of God’s character and nature that you look forward to getting to know better?
Why is it so important that we have a clear vision of heaven and hell? How can an understanding of the eternal state of all people move us to love more for Jesus? How can it inspire us to share the message of Jesus with others who don’t know Him?