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….