Most of us know we want to go to heaven, but we are a little nervous about what it will be like. These eight Bible studies provide a biblical perspective on heaven—something richer and more exciting than we can imagine.
Getting the Most Out of Heaven
This section introduces the topic, explains the structure followed in each study and offers tips for those approaching the study on their own as well as those participating in a group.
Preparing a Place
Why would Jesus' absence produce troubled hearts in his disciples? What troubles your heart?
The Last Frontier
Paul seemed so certain about what would happen at death. What was his sense of security based on? Do you feel the same assurance when you think about your own death? Why or why not?
Paul included himself among those who would still be alive at Jesus' coming. What does that tell you about when Paul expected Jesus to come back? If you knew for certain that Jesus would return in one week, how would your life change?
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Run to Win
Are you comfortable comparing the Christian life with athletic competition? Why or why not? What spiritual disciplines are part of the "strict training" to become an effective, mature Christian?
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Practicing Our Praise
What aspects of God's character do the "four living creatures" exalt, and why do they focus on those specific qualities? What aspects of God's character do you tend to focus on when you worship him? Why?
Welcome to the Party!
Why will none of those originally invited get a taste of God's "banquet"? How does your responsibility as a Christian parallel the servant's role in the parable?
Working for Your Father
What will happen if we are like the lazy servant and misuse what God has given us? What one ability or resource can you use this week to communicate Christ's love or to do God's work?
Looking for the City
What has caused you "mourning or crying or pain" over the past year? How does it make you feel to know that these old things will pass away?
Total number of pages—62 pages
Douglas Connelly (M.Div. and M.Th., Grace Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at Parkside Community Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan. He has written several books and Bible study guides, including the LifeGuide® Bible Studies Angels, Daniel, Elijah, Encountering Jesus, Following Jesus, Forgiveness, Good & Evil, I Am, John, The Lord's Prayer, Meeting the Spirit and Miracles.