The Best is Yet to Come – Part 10

June 28, 2020

Discussion Questions

The Best is Yet to Come – Part 10

INTRODUCE: What phrase from a praise or worship song, chorus or hymn summarizes your thoughts about heaven or excites you about heaven?

READ: Revelation 21:1-8, Isaiah 65:17-25

Discuss:  

  1. Why do you think we question or have concerns about where we go when we die? What do you know about God or scripture that that should calm any concerns? 
  2. Read II Corinthians 5:8, and I Samuel 16:7. What do you think about the discussion you heard about being outside of time when we die?
  3. Read Revelation 21:4. How might we recognize each other in heaven? What impressions do you have about this possibility?
  4. As we possibly recognize each other, how do you feel about being able to heal relationships that were unresolved here on earth?
  5. What do YOU see as “the best that is yet to come” from the sermon series or after your personal study? (Sermon topics covered included being remembered by Jesus and being with Him in His kingdom, being resurrected in a new body, the new home that Jesus’ is preparing for us, the New Heaven and New Earth, the fact that justice is coming, the rewards we will be given, and  the fact that we will sin no more.
  6. In which context do you find yourself wanting to call out “Maranatha?” Is it in praise or in yearning? Why?

 

Prayer: 

Pray the Lord’s Prayer together.

The Best is Yet to Come – Part 9

June 21, 2020

Discussion Questions

The Best is Yet to Come – Part 9

Discussion Questions: June 21

Introduction: Share a highlight and a struggle you had this week?

Discuss:  

  1.       What do you think of when you consider maturing in faith?
  2.       Do you identify with fighting an unholy war with the world, the flesh and the devil?
  3.       How do you put on the armor of God?
  4.       How does “The best is yet to come” resonate with you?
  5.       Did you ever consider the question “Will you be able to sin in heaven?”
  6.       When you are transformed completely into the image of Jesus, what characteristic do you most dream of or desire to have like Jesus?

Prayer: 

What area of struggle would you want God to specifically help you with? 

God help me to want what you want for me. 

Give us victory over sin until purity in heaven comes.

The Best is Yet to Come – Part 8

June 14, 2020

Discussion Questions

The Best is Yet to Come – Part 7

Discussion Questions: June 7

IntroductionHas this sermon series prompted you to think about heaven more than you typically do? If so, what sorts of new ideas or questions are coming to mind?

READ: Revelation 22.12

WATCH: Video Highlight

  1. Why do you serve God? Why do you pray? Read your Bible? Sacrifice? Do justice? (4.11-4.32)
  2. Does it feel awkward or strange to acknowledge that part of why you serve God is for a heavenly reward? (4.33-5.18)
  3. Are you surprised at how much Jesus taught about your reward in heaven? (5.52-7.52)
  4. Why is it so tempting to work for “treasures on earth” (acclaim, status, possessions…things that we’ll eventually store in a box in a crawl space!)? (8.30-)
  5. What makes it hard to work for rewards that we’ll receive in heaven? Are there benefits now for the things we do in secret (Matthew 6:3-4, 6, 17-18) for God?
  6. How does it make you feel to think of Jesus judging you in heaven? (16.49-18.51)
  7. Have you previously thought of the idea of our capacity for heaven? How does this idea strike you? (20.38-23.51)
  8. How do we live to increase our capacity for Jesus and heaven? What could you do today to further increase this capacity? (23.52-24.20

PRAY:

  • That God will help you look forward to and work for the rewards awaiting you in heaven..
  • That you will provide truth and encouragement to those around you who aren’t sure what to think about the afterlife.

SHARE:

 one thing you need prayer for today  

    • Take time to pray for one person at a time
      • Invite the Holy Spirit to guide your time 
      • Listen to the Lord for guidance in how to pray for one another

…and then pray….

The Best is Yet to Come – Part 7

June 6, 2020

Discussion Questions

The Best is Yet to Come – Part 7

Discussion Questions: June 7

Introduction: What one or two words would describe your feelings in the last 2 weeks?

Read: Micah 6:6-8, Isaiah 65:17-25

Watch: https://vimeo.com/426622324

Discuss:  

  1. In what ways have you pondered heaven during this sermon series? 
  2. Have you asked, what can I do? (Q1&2 1:15-5:54)
  3. How are you intentionally NOT wasting who we are as a church?
  4. Have you ever had a prayer of lament? What brought you to that moment in the past? (Q3&4 5:58-14:40)
  5. How have you chosen to speak or live during this time? What can you do this coming week? (Q5 14:41-19:38)
  6. Micah 6:8 do you remember his justice mercy prayer series? How did it impact you then and now? 
  7. How are you currently working toward justice and heaven? (Q6&7 19:39-24:07)
  8. How can we sacrifice this week? 
  9. How can we meditate more on the life of Christ this week? (Q8&9 24:08-28:40)

The Best is Yet to Come – Part 6

May 30, 2020

Discussion Questions

The Best is Yet to Come – Part 6

Discussion Questions: May 30

Introduction: Think of a time in your life where looking ahead to the end result was the only way you were able to get through each day. Please share with your group.

Discuss:  sermon link: https://vimeo.com/424413312

  1. Which of the “no mores” in V 4 helps you realize that the best is yet to come?
  2. What interests you most about the description of the New Jerusalem?
  3. What do you think is the importance of the origin of the river of the water of life coming from the throne of God?
  4. How do you think the nations will be healed by the leaves of the tree of life? Is there a specific nation that you will especially rejoice in its healing?
  5. How would you live today differently knowing that tomorrow you would be in heaven?

PRAY: We recently studied the Serenity Prayer. It seems extremely appropriate this week. 

Pray together:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting the hardship as the pathway to peace.

Taking as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it. Trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will; So that I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with You forever in the next.

The Best is Yet to Come – Part 5

May 24, 2020

Discussion Questions

The Best is Yet to Come – Part 5

Discussion Questions: May 24

Introduction: What is something about yourself, your family or your journey to now that you haven’t yet shared with the group?

Discuss:  sermon link: https://vimeo.com/421755243

  1. How does it feel to you to NOT have all the answers?
  2. How do you respond when people give you their best guess?
  3. Since there is no way to wrap our mind around “Eternal”, how are you with this ambiguity?
  4. Instead of focusing only on what we do not know, what do you know about your relationship with Jesus?  About Heaven?
  5. What do you want to do when you get to heaven?
  6. How do you see the similarities and differences between work and worship?
  7. How are we able to glorify God in life and in death?

PRAY:

  • In what area of your life do you desire to know God more?

    Pray for one another that God would bring awareness of His love and activity in ways that bring glory to him. His kingdom would come and his will be done in one another’s life

The Best is Yet to Come – Part 4

May 17, 2020

Discussion Questions

The Best is Yet to Come – Part 4

Discussion Questions: May 17

Introduction: Has this sermon series prompted you to think about heaven more than you typically do? If so, what sorts of new ideas or questions are coming to mind?

READ: John 14.1-6 

Discuss:  sermon link: https://vimeo.com/419433348

  1. How have you wrestled with the idea of hell? Do you believe hell is as real as heaven? 
  2. What troubles you about hell?
  3. Have you had a friend or loved one die, and you weren’t sure where they stood with God?
  4. Do you ever act as if there are other paths to heaven aside from Jesus? Are you now (or have you before) tried to straddle the path of the world and the path of Jesus?
  5. What do you associate with “home”? What sorts of things do you think a true and good home has?
  6. Do you feel at home on Earth or are you longing for things that this life cannot deliver?
  7. How does it make you feel to know that God is preparing a room specifically for you?

 

PRAY:

  • That God will help you follow the path of Jesus day by day.
  • That you will provide truth and encouragement to those around you who aren’t sure what to think about the afterlife.

Share:

 one thing you need prayer for today  

    • Take time to pray for one person at a time
      • Invite the Holy Spirit to guide your time 
      • Listen to the Lord for guidance in how to pray for one another

…and then pray….

The Best is Yet to Come – Part 3

May 10, 2020

Discussion Questions

The Best is Yet to Come – Part 3

Discussion Questions: May 10

Introduction: What first comes to your mind when you think of heaven? What is the Biblical basis for what you envision?

         READ: John 11:17-46, I Corinthians 15, Philippians 3:20-21 

Discuss:  sermon link: https://vimeo.com/416768671

  1. Since Jesus isn’t with us in a physical body, how do you think He joins in the suffering, sorrow and loss we feel in our lives?
  2. Even though Jesus knew the outcome of His visit to Lazarus’ tomb, (Lazarus would be raised from the dead) discuss in depth why Jesus wept.
  3. What are your thoughts that at the resurrection “every person who ever lived being raised to life and living forever in a new body?”
  4. What do you think Pastor Robert meant when he said, “the most spiritual place will be more physical than we could ever imagine?” What do you imagine?
  5. Read I Corinthians 15. Look especially at verses 35-54. What new insights do these verses give you about the resurrected bodies we will be given?
  6. The resurrected body of Jesus gives us a picture of the “shadow of our future self.” What might that be like? What about His resurrected body particularly intrigues or excites you about yours? 

Prayer: Meditate on Philippians 3:20-21. Thank the Lord for what is mentioned in these verses that can give us hope as we wait for His kingdom because the best is yet to come.

The Best is Yet to Come – Part 2

May 3, 2020

Discussion Questions

The Best is Yet to Come – Part 2

Discussion Questions: May 3

Introduction: What does your communion look like in your home during this social distancing time?

         READ: John 18:33-37, Rev 19:16, Matt 6:33, Luke 23:38, Rev 2:7

 

Discuss:  sermon link: https://vimeo.com/414350390

  1. What are some of your questions about heaven that you would like to ask? 
  2. What is your favorite movie or book description of what heaven could be like through an analogy? 
  3. Have you read through the Gospel of Matthew searching for the word “Kingdom”? What else struck you? 
  4. What do you imagine it would be like to see the Kingdom here on earth as is prayed in the Lord’s Prayer?
  5. Have you thought of Jesus as both your “Savior” AND “Lord”? 
  6. How have you given up control so He can be your Lord?
  7. What does it look like to live with God as “King”?

The Best is Yet to Come – Part 1

April 26, 2020

Discussion Questions

The Best is Yet to Come – Robert Gelinas

Discussion Questions: April 26

Introduction: How have the continued concerns of the pandemic and the economic shutdown affected you this week?

READ: Luke 23:38-43 

Discuss:  sermon link: https://vimeo.com/411855510

  1. What do you think about when you think about heaven?
  2. When someone says, “That person is so heavenly minded they’re no earthly good,” what sort of qualities or characteristics do you associate with that “heavenly minded” person?
  3. How does your view of heaven transform how you live on Earth?
  4. Has the pandemic made you think more or less about heaven than you typically would?
  5. Do your unmet desires and longings make you question God’s goodness or remind you that this Earth is not your home?
  6. Can you imagine “every chapter being better than the one before?”
  7. How does Romans 8.18 make you feel during this pandemic?
  8. How do you answer the question Pastor John Piper asks about heaven; (paraphrasing) If heaven had everything you wanted but Jesus was not there, would you be satisfied?

Prayer:  

Consider the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6.9-13), particularly noting its mentions of heaven:

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

    on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

    as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

    but deliver us from the evil one.

Share one thing you need prayer for today  

    • Take time to pray for one person at a time
      • Invite the Holy Spirit to guide your time 
      • Listen to the Lord for guidance in how to pray for one another

…and then pray….