Monday, April 27, 2015

Questions: Why Would God Send Anyone To Hell?

We provide questions each week based on the theme of our service for our Micro Groups to use. If you're not in a Verve Micro Group, feel free to use them on your own.

This week we continued our series Why Would God and talked about "Why Would God Send Anyone To Hell?"If you missed it, you can listen to it here.
  1. People rarely think about Heaven, and hate anyone even mentioning Hell. Why do you think there's such a reluctance to deal with the afterlife?
  2. Revelation 21:3 describes Heaven this way, "Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God." Based on this and other Bible passages, Vince described Heaven not as "the eternal pleasure factory" but as "life with God." How does this differ with common perception of Heaven?
  3. Revelation 21:22-23, "I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp." This verse is conveying that Heaven does not contain God, God contains Heaven. God is everywhere in Heaven. Is that how you picture Heaven? Why or why not?
  4. With that understanding of Heaven, do you think everyone will want to go? Can you picture people (you might even know some) who wouldn't want to be with God?
  5. Vince said in the message, "Heaven is the kind of place where people who want to sin would be miserable." Why that might be true?
  6. When you have the wrong idea of Heaven, you think the question is, "Who will make the cut? Are you good enough?" With the right understanding the question is, "Do you want to spend eternity with God after you die?" How do you think people would respond differently to those two questions?
  7. So, what is Hell? It is life without God. The Bible says in 2 Thessalonians 1:9, "They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might." Hell isn't for the "bad" people. There will be bad people win Heaven (and relatively good people in Hell). Hell is for people who don't want to spend eternity with God after they die. How does that change your understanding of Hell?
  8. Vince said, "Everyday we're becoming something. ... Are you becoming someone who more and more wants God, wants life with God, wants to live God's kind of life, wants to live a life without sin - or are you becoming someone who doesn't want God, doesn't want life with God? And, in the end, God will honor your choice."
  9. What could you do this week to become more of the kind of person who wants more of God and life with Him?
  10. Accountability Question: How have I passionately pursued opportunities to ambush a few people with God's love?
  11. Prayer Question:  What could we be praying for you this week? (Is this there something good we could celebrate with you, or a challenge you need God's help with?)