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FRIDAY—Heaven=Community & Hell=Loneliness
Big Point: In Heaven, we will live with Jesus and fellow believers forever. God calls us to share this message of eternal salvation.
Have you ever had a day when you were hanging out with friends and family and you looked at the clock and wondered, “Where did the time go?” It seemed as time just flew by. You’ve probably said, “Time flies when you are having fun;” and that’s typically when you are hanging out with others that you enjoy being with.
The opposite happens when you are by yourself. If you’ve ever worked retail and it’s been a slow day, boy, you sure can relate to the feeling of time just standing still. You become bored to tears with no customers, you feel lonely and the day just drags on and on and you just feel like you are going to go crazy. In fact, it’s been proven that prisoners exposed to solitary confinement tend to have difficulty dealing with life and tend to literally be crazy. That’s just what loneliness does.
But even with the above examples, we truly have not described the deep sense of joy and contentment you will experience being in community and fellowship with those that love Christ in Heaven. And even still, we truly can’t describe the deep sense of loneliness those will feel in Hell.
This week was likely challenging— we asked some really hard questions and examined a lot of scripture we often try to avoid. Our prayer is that you have grown to know better the “just” God that we serve. While we know He judges us, we pray that you have a greater sense of peace about your eternal destination.
READ and THINK…Find Answers in the Bible
1. Even though this week’s message can be a very difficult topic, Jesus tells us in John 14:1-3 not to let our hearts be troubled. How can we find comfort in our eternal destination? How does Jesus describe heaven? Why does Jesus go there before us and why does he come back?
John 14:1-3 (New International Version)
1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
2. Read 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 for a contrast to the verses you just read. How does Jesus appear in these verses? Who does Jesus punish and how are they punished?
2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 (New International Version)
This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might
LIVE…What will you do now?
In Randy Alcorn’s book, he says that when churches do not talk openly and honestly about God’s judgment and its eternal consequences, “We rob God’s people of an eternal perspective.” Do you agree with this statement? How would you define “an eternal perspective”?
Write the names of any people who have come to mind this week as you have worked through this Bible study. What is your prayer for them? What can you do to show them God’s love this weekend?
PRAY…God, what do you want me to know and do?
Thank God for the gift of His son and our salvation which comes from His blood. Thank Him for preparing a place for us, a place to dwell with Him forever. Ask Him to really help you accept the reality of His judgment and your eternal destination.
• Interested in getting Baptized: Baptisms will be held at New Community on Sunday, February 26 at 6pm at the West Toledo Campus. Attend one of the following Baptism classes: Sunday, Feb 12 at 10:45 am, Saturday Feb 18 and 25th at 5:15pm, and Sunday Feb 26 at 4pm at the West Toledo Campus ONLY. Then at ALL campuses on Sunday, Feb 19 at 10:45am.
• Apprentice Conference Series: Is your life reflective of the spirit of Jesus Christ – that is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? If not, are you interested in becoming that type of person? If so, The Apprentice Conference Series can help. On Thursday, March 1st from 6:30-9pm and Friday, March 2nd, 9-3pm at the Perrysburg Campus, nationally acclaimed Apprentice Series authors Jimmy Taylor and James Smith will be here to teach us how to develop Christ-Centered character, see God and find balance in our daily life, develop spiritual practices, and build community! The cost is only $20.00 for both days or $10.00 for one and includes the book and lunch (if you attend Friday). Childcare is available on Thursday only. Register at www.cedarcreek.tv under the “get connected” tab.
• Men—Looking for ways to live more Courageously: Attend the “Courageous” men’s event scheduled for Saturday, March 10th from 9:30-1:30 at the South Toledo Campus. The movie “Courageous” will be shown followed by a time of fellowship, discipleship, group discussion and a barbeque lunch. The cost is $15.00 to attend and you can register for this event by going to cedarcreek.tv and clicking on the “get connected” tab.
• Life Support’s 13-week spring sessions begin March 6th: If you struggle with a hurt, hang-up or habit, perhaps the Biblically based freedom principles and the accountability of a support group can help. Life Support meets Tuesday at 7pm at all campuses starting March 6th.
*NEW* Living It Out: February 2012
“I am the Alpha and the Omega- the beginning and the end, “says the Lord God.
“I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come- the Almighty One.”
Revelation 1:8 (New Living Translation)
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