Community Group Questions 9/28/14

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Sermon Title: What is Heaven Like? Part 1: The Power of a Robust View of Heaven

Main Text:  Philippians 1:18-24, Luke 9:23-24

Topics:

  • Paul is writing a letter to the Philippians while imprisoned in some capacity. He is most likely chained to a guard. But he is not consumed with being set free. His constant thoughts are not about when this season of trial will be over. He’s not obsessing over his physical, emotional and psychological discomfort. He’s thinking only about honoring Christ through this. He even says that he is rejoicing in his present situation.

  • In fact, he actually says both circumstances are irresistible: to live is to work for Jesus, to die is even better. He’s not saying, “I don’t know which is worse.”  He’s saying, “I don’t know which is better!”

  • What is His secret? What is driving him to this radical perspective? He has an unbridled love of Jesus Christ. He has a robust view of being in Heaven with Jesus one day.

  • A robust view of heaven drives a reckless allegiance to Christ.

  • The point of doing a series like this is to stir up our faith and our expectation of the eternal life we’ve been given. God’s intention is that we anxiously await and hope for heaven. That expectation will change the way we live. It will drive us to a greater passion to use up this life for Christ.

  • It will give us a greater sense of purpose. If God has left us here on this earth, it is to labor for Christ. And when we know God is behind it, we know He will use our efforts beyond what we can imagine.

  • We should not have a shadowy and vague view of heaven. It should be robust! It should be so vibrant that it transforms how we view this life.

Key Questions:

  • HIGH/LOW: What was the high point of your week and the low point?

  • ICEBREAKER: Have you ever thought much about heaven? When?

  • READ: Philippians 1:18-24

  • After reading these verses, how would you describe the most important thing to Paul?

  • How would he describe what he will do if he is allowed to live?

  • What language in these verses convinces you that he truly desires heaven?

  • Why is it hard to actually desire heaven?

  • If we fully believed in and desired heaven, how would that change our perspective on what this life is for?

  • How would it change our perspective on difficult times?

  • What do you think would be different about your life now if your belief in heaven was more robust?

  • What are some questions about heaven that you hope to learn during this series?

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