Tell the group a story about waiting for something you were really looking forward to. How was the wait? What was it like to get what you’d been waiting for?
This week we’ll be talking about the saints’ inheritance, forever with God in Heaven. Use these questions as prompts to get you started. Be sure to spend your time not trying to figure out the logistics of death and the afterlife, but rather developing a holy longing for what’s to come.
Hope is an essential part of the saint’s life. Klyne Snodgrass writes, “An essential characteristic of Christianity is its tilt toward the future.” For the Christian, our best, fullest life is still to come. C.F.D. Moule says, “Hope is faith standing on tiptoe.”
- What does that mean? Is it easy for you or hard for you to imagine that this life here and now isn’t as “real” or as good as the life you’ll one day live with God?
The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 8:24, ”We’re saved by hope.” How can a person be saved by hope? Have you ever had a moment when you realized hope was saving you from something?
What do you know about Heaven (with certainty)? If this question ends up resulting in more ignorance than knowledge, consider the following passages of scripture:
- Matthew 5:12
- 2 Corinthians 5:1-4
- I Thessalonians 4:15-17
- Revelation 21
What are you looking forward to about Heaven?
What do you wonder/hope about Heaven?
Is the hope of Heaven motivational for you? Why or why not (be honest)?
Do you think about Heaven often? If not, why not?
What does it mean that Saints are citizens of Heaven? What makes a “citizen”?
How did it make you feel to hear that WE are God’s inheritance? That He is waiting to be with us with as much anticipation as we have waiting to be with Him? Does that surprise you? Or effect you in some way? Share.
Read Hebrews 11:13-16
- Who’s the Hebrews writer talking about? Who are these people who longed for a better country?
- What were they longing for?
- What’s God’s promise here?
- What can we learn about who we are and how we should live out our identity from this passage?
It’s possible your group is very excited about Heaven. Awesome. But often Christians aren’t living with that kind of motivating daily hope. Often Heaven doesn’t seem incredibly appealing. It’s better than the other option, of course, but they’d rather live here than die and go there. If this is a reality in your group, consider praying that God would plant a longing in your heart for what’s to come. Ask Him to give you a taste of Heaven here on earth to whet your appetite.