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Crossing Inside

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Life Group Leader Guide

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Heaven

Life Group Leader Guide

This Leader Guide will help you lead the conversation with your Life Group when discussing this week’s sermon.

Heaven

Key Things You Heard

  • We are living in a world where it is harder and harder to know what to believe.
  • There is a lot of conjecture and speculation about heaven.
  • There will be a new heaven and a new earth.

Pray

Heavenly Father, It is a time of hope when we think about all the beautiful things we will see and experience in heaven. And the new heaven and the new earth boggles the imagination. Thank you for taking your time to prepare such a wonderful place for us. In the meantime, empower us to be faithful and share the good news of salvation with those around us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Tweetable Moments

“Heaven is not for those who are good, but for those who have found grace.”

“Heaven is not for those who did it right, but by those who have been made righteous through Christ.”

Questions for Conversation

Icebreaker: Besides the fact that you will get to see and be with Jesus, what about heaven excites you?

  • What beliefs about heaven have you held that you found out were not correct? Or, which beliefs about heaven are you glad are correct?
  • Read 2 Corinthians 5:7-8. What happens to our bodies when we die?
  • Read Philippians 3:20-21. What happens to our bodies when Jesus returns?
  • Read Revelation 21:1-5. Revelation 21:4 says that there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain in heaven. What grief or pain are you most excited to be rid of when God makes all things new?
  • What do you imagine it will be like to have the Lord dwell with you completely? How would you describe it?

At the conclusion of the sermon, Clayton gave these comparisons. Read through them and discuss how they are counter-cultural. How should knowing these things impact the way we live?

  • Heaven is not for those who are good but for those who have been made righteous through Christ.
  • Heaven is not for those who are good but for those who have found grace.
  • Heaven is not for those who possessed extreme might but those who have been touched by God’s mercy.
  • Heaven is not for those who have riches but for those who have been redeemed.
  • Heaven is not for those who read enough but for those who have been rescued.
  • Heaven is not for the smart but for the sanctified.
  • Heaven is not for the strong, but for those who have been sealed.
  • Heaven is for all people who call upon the name of the Lord.

Now Go Do It

Challenge: Heaven is a place you want to be, but it should also be a place you want other people to be. Who has God placed in and around your life that needs to hear the good news of Jesus’ salvation? Take them to coffee, dinner, or for a walk. Tell them your story, God’s story, and ask them if they want to be a part of the story of Jesus.

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