Eternity

Death Cannot Hold You

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From a human perspective, death is the end. There’s nothing more certain, or more permanent. That all changed with Jesus, though. Thanks to Him, death only serves as a process of beginning a new, better life.

1. Read

Acts 2:24 [NASB95] “But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.”

The Holy Spirit describes the “agony” of death as labor pains – unpleasant, to be sure, but only temporary. Just as death was unable to hold Jesus, it’s unable to hold all who have the Holy Spirit living inside them.

  • Have you ever thought seriously about your own death? How does the idea of your body dying make you feel? What aspects scare you? What aspects excite you?
  • For the Christian, death is only a temporary condition. How does that affect your feelings about loved ones who have died? How does it affect your feelings about dying?
  • How would a lack of that concept change the way you think about life and death?

 

2. Challenge

Romans 8:11 [NASB95]  “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”

Jesus didn’t just die and come back to life to give you eternal life, He did it to bring vitality to this life. As we say all the time, He wants you to have life abundantly!

  • What’s an area (or areas) of your life that could use God’s vitality in it?
  • Life on this side of eternity will never be pain-free, but it can definitely be better. 
  • How should Jesus’ sacrifice impact the decayed areas of your life? What part should you play in a return to vitality in those areas?

 

3. Prayer Focus

When you pray today, thank God that death is no longer the bitter end for you. Tell him about the area(s) in your life that need His life in them, and ask Him to revitalize them as you do your part to give Him full leadership over them.


Family with Small Children Discussion Guide

“In God’s House”

1. Power Verse

Psalm 23:6 “Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.”

What’s Up: I Will Live In God’s House Forever!”

This is our final week studying Psalm 23, and we learn perhaps one of the most valuable lessons from verse six. God invites us to live with Him forever in Heaven!

2. Read

As Review, Try and have your child recite Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley. I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.”

3. Discussion

  • Have you enjoyed learning Psalm 23?
  • What has been your favorite verse to learn about? Why?
  • Why do you think it is so important for us to remember to view God as our “shepherd?”
  •  Do you know what verse 6 is trying to teach us?

David, the psalmist who wrote the 23rd Psalm is talking about Heaven. He is reminding us that life on Earth is not all there is for us, but that someday we can go to Heaven and live with God forever!

  • Do you think it makes life and hard times easier if we can remember that some day we get to go to Heaven and live with Jesus? Do you know what you have to do be able to live with God in Heaven someday?

4. Prayer Focus

Take time to talk with your child/children about the concept of salvation and asking Jesus to forgive their sins. If this is something your child has already done, pray with them that they will stay connected to God and live for Him so that they will someday spend eternity in Heaven with Him. Pray for each member of your family.

Motivation

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Adult & Teen Discussion Guide

Sharing your faith with friends and family members who don’t know God takes effort – it takes prayer and patience and strategy. Why do we do it, then? We do it because someone’s future and present depend on it.

1. Bible Knowledge

Revelation 20:15 [ESV] “And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”

If someone stands before God’s judgment throne and their name isn’t recorded in the Book of Life, they’ll be thrown into hell. It’s harsh and scary, but true. The first thing that should motivate us to share faith is the reality that someone’s eternal destination depends on it.

Q. Did you consider the reality of hell when you decided to make Jesus Lord?

Q. When you think about the possibility of a friend or family member ending up there, how does that make you feel? Scared? Angry? Sad? Motivated?

2. Challenge

John 10:10 [ESV]  “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” 

Accepting Jesus as Lord will save someone from hell, but it’s not just about eternity. A relationship with God brings peace, purpose, comfort, direction, and many other wonderful things in this life. When you share your faith with someone, you’re inviting them to experience this mortal life to the fullest – making life better.

Q. What are some of the benefits of a relationship with God that you’ve experienced in this life?

Q. Which of those benefits would you most like your unsaved family and friends to experience?

Q. How can you weave those benefits into your testimony as you share your faith with people?

3. Prayer Focus

Take a few minutes as a family: thank God for saving you from eternal destruction and for benefiting your mortal life in so many ways. Ask the Holy Spirit to motivate you like never before to share the good news of salvation with the people around you who need it.


Family with Small Children Discussion Guide

1. Power Verse

1 Thessalonians 5:22 “Stay away from every kind of evil.” 

Watts Up:  “I’ll Do Whatever It Takes To STAY AWAY From Sin!”

This week, we continue our series called, “Ouch!” In this series, we learn about powerful truths Jesus taught when he preached the Sermon on the Mount. In this lesson, we learn about Jesus’ teaching of “if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off!” Of course, Jesus didn’t mean this literally, but He was serious about each of us being willing to “cut off” and “cut out” of our lives every attitude, action, and habit that is sinful!

2. Bible Reading

2 Kings 21:1-16 “Manasseh was 12 years old when he became king. He ruled in Jerusalem for 55 years…3 Manasseh also set up altars to the god named Baal. Manasseh even bowed down to all the stars. And he worshiped them…10 The Lord spoke through his servants the prophets. He said, 11 ‘Manasseh, the king of Judah, has committed terrible sins. I hate them.’ 16 And he [King Manasseh] caused Judah to commit sin. So they also did what was evil in the eyes of the Lord.”

2 Kings 22:1-2, 23:24-25 “Josiah was eight years old when he became king… Josiah did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. He lived the way King David had lived. He didn’t turn away from it to the right or the left. 24He got rid of the statues of family gods and the statues of other gods. He got rid of everything else the Lord hates that was in Judah and Jerusalem. 25 He obeyed the Lord with all his heart and all his soul.”

3. Discussion

Q. Who became king in the story?

Q. Who did King Josiah think the people should worship?

Q. Have you ever wanted something SO BAD that you were willing to do ANYTHING to get it? 

Q. Have you had the attitude of “whatever it takes” – nothing was going to stop you?

Well, that is exactly the attitude that Jesus says we are supposed to have when it comes to staying away from sin. We are supposed to be willing to do whatever it takes to keep sin out of our lives.

Q. Do you have that kind of attitude about keeping sin out of your life?

Q. Do you have things that you need to “cut out” of your life? 

Q. What are some of those things?

4. Prayer Focus

Pray with your child about things in their life that they need to “cut off.” Pray for them for forgiveness of sin and God’s help to stay away from sin. Pray that they will not try to see how close they can get to sin, but rather how FAR AWAY they can stay from sin!