Week #4

 

Fear of Life’s Final Moments

 

  1. What do you fear about death?

  2. Read John 14:1-3.  “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. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
  • What does this promise mean to you? How does it ease your fears?

  • Think of the challenges that the first century Christians faced and the unknowns they had about heaven since the gospel mission was new. How might this message have affected them differently than it affects us?
  1. Read the following verses and write a few sentences about what you think the afterlife will be like.

  • John 14:1-3
  • 1 Corinthians 15:23

  • Revelation 21:15 - 22:6

 

  1. Describe a scene from a movie or a book when a character dies peacefully-without fear or without a fight. In what ways did that image move you?

  2. Have you ever had the privilege of being with a Christ follower when he or she passed away?  Describe that experience. What was your take-away?

  3. If you are able to remove your association of fear with death, how will your life be changed? Would you live differently?

  4. How did Jesus’ promises change human understanding of death? Why was he able to do this?

  5. Jesus often used wedding imagery to describe the afterlife, but for most of us the mental pictures of weddings and funerals could not be more opposite. Weddings are a joyful celebration of a new start with the thoughts of babies to follow. But funerals seem to be the end of a long journey or the cutting short of opportunity and love.  But Jesus saw it differently.  Why would Jesus use wedding imagery to describe death and the afterlife?

  6. Read 1 Corinthians 15:23. But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back. (NLT)

  • Describe your image of heaven. Is it biblical?

  • How does Jesus’ resurrection make it safe for you to die?  Do you find comfort in the proof of Jesus’ resurrection?

  1. We have a tendency to worship safety.  How does letting go of that desire for control influence your fears (or lack of fear) about death?

  2. How does enjoying your relationship with God reduce your fear of death and the life to come?

 

“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. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”