Considering that heaven is the eternal home of the believer, it is surprising how little we seem to know about it, and how much we think we know that is not actually in the Bible. Also, everyone who has grieved the loss of a Christian loved one has probably wondered where that person is right now—before Jesus comes back and establishes his eternal kingdom on earth. Beginning with the thought-provoking article from Christianity Today, "Finding Heaven," this study will help your group explore Scripture's tantalizing insights into our eternal home.
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SCRIPTURE: Luke 16:19–31; 23:39–43; 24:13–43; 1 Corinthians 15:35–57; 2 Corinthians 5:1–5; 12:4; Hebrews 12:1; Revelation 2:7; 19–22
• Identify the Current Issue
• Discover the Eternal Principles
—Teaching point one: Believers who die immediately enter an intermediate heaven to await the day when "the new heaven and the new earth" are established.
—Teaching point two: It is not certain from Scripture what form believers possess in this intermediate state before the final resurrection.
—Teaching point three: Believers now in heaven are likely aware of us who remain on earth.
• Apply Your Findings
• Recommended Resources
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• Finding Heaven, by Arthur O. Roberts (April 2005, 11 printed pages)
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