Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on October 27 , 2019
Passage: Revelation 21:3-5
This Sunday, Mike continued our series on Heaven as he explored some of the big things that won’t be heaven that are here on earth now.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
How do most movies and television shows portray life in heaven? Do you think they got anything right? What will you miss least about leaving this world?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. This Sunday Mike talked Revelation 21:4 and the fact that God “will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” John’s emphasis here is on the comfort of God, not on the remorse of the saints. What are the different ways that God seeks to comfort His children in the here and now?
Psalm 119:48-52 (ESV)
48 I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes. 49 Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope. 50 This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. 51 The insolent utterly deride me, but I do not turn away from your law. 52 When I think of your rules from of old, I take comfort, O LORD.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (ESV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
Acts 9:31 (ESV)
31 So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.
- How have you received comfort recently for a difficult time in your life?
- Do you have “tears” that you are looking forward to the Lord permanently wiping away from your eyes one day?
2. John also says that in heaven, “death shall be no more.” What do the following verses say about Jesus’ role in eradicating death, our greatest enemy?
Hebrews 2:14 (ESV)
14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,
2 Timothy 1:10 (ESV)
10 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,
Revelation 1:17-18 (ESV)
17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.
- Besides Jesus of course, who are you most looking forward to seeing in heaven from those who have already passed on from this world?
3. In Revelation 21:2, how is the relationship between God and the church described? How does the passage below describe this relationship?
Ephesians 5:25-32 (ESV)
25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.
- What part of this passage gives you the most confidence at the prospect of going to heaven and entering into God’s presence?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?