Hebrews 9:27 (NIV) Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment…
See also 2 Corinthians 5:1–11
INTRO TO THE SUBJECT OF HEAVEN- THE ULTIMATE, ETERNAL END:
A NEW ETERNITY: WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
WE WILL HAVE A NEW BODY.
1 Corinthians 15:42
1 Corinthians 15:51–53 (NIV) 51Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—52in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.
A NEW HEAVEN AND EARTH:
Isaiah 25:6-8 (NLT) 6In Jerusalem, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will spread a wonderful feast for all the people of the world. It will be a delicious banquet with clear, well-aged wine and choice meat. 7There he will remove the cloud of gloom, the shadow of death that hangs over the earth. 8He will swallow up death forever! The Sovereign Lord will wipe away all tears. He will remove forever all insults and mockery against his land and people. The Lord has spoken!
See also Revelation 21:1–8, Revelation 22:1–4, Revelation 7:9-12, and Matthew 13:41
LIVING WITH ETERNITY IN MIND:
“Satan need not convince us that Heaven doesn’t exist. He need only convince us that Heaven is a place of boring, unearthly existence. If we believe that lie, we’ll be robbed of our joy and anticipation, we’ll set our minds on this life and not the next, and we won’t be motivated to share our faith. Why should we share the “good news” that people can spend eternity in a boring, ghostly place that even we’re not looking forward to?”
– Randy Alcorn, Heaven, p. 11
“I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same.”
– C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, book 3 chapter 10
Matthew 16:24–27 (NIV) 24Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.
See also Matthew 6:19-20, Colossians 3:1–3, 1 Corinthians 2:4–10, and 1 Peter 2:11-12
QUESTIONS TO DISCUSS IN LIFE GROUP OR WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS: