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What is Heaven?

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Sermon Based Group Homework

For the message on October 20 , 2019
Passage: John 14:1-3

QUICK REVIEW

This Sunday, Mike kicked off our series on heaven as he explained what heaven is according to Jesus’ words in John 14.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Describe what you want heaven to be like!

LET’S GO DEEPER

1. This Sunday Mike talked about the reality of heaven. While many of us believe in heaven, it’s easy to get caught up in our daily lives and view heaven as something far off.  How do the following verses address heaven and being ready, and how might that challenge the idea of heaven being far off?

Matthew 24:44 (ESV)
44  Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

1 John 2:28 (ESV)
28  And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.

Romans 13:11-14 (ESV)
11  Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12  The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13  Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

  • Given the specifics of your life, your relationships and your ministry, what might being ready for heaven look like for you?

2. As Mike said, we cannot possibly imagine all that Heaven will be like. However, the Bible gives glimpses into what Heaven is in the following passages. How do each of these verses describe heaven?

2 Peter 1:11 (ESV)
11  For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:4 (ESV)
4  to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,

Hebrews 11:16 (ESV)
16  But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

John 14:2 (ESV)
2  In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?

  • Which of these descriptions is most meaningful to you?

3. According to the following verse, how do you think Paul used the reality of heaven to keep going in spite of the many trials and heartaches he was experiencing?

Romans 8:18 (ESV)
18  For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

  • How does the prospect of going to heaven help you endure the troubles of this world?

TAKE IT HOME

1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?

2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?

Prayer Requests:

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