Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Return

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

This week we finished the series called Stranger Things and talked about "The Return". If you missed it, you can listen to it here.
  1. Do you like surprises? Why or why not?
  2. Read from the Bible, John 14:1-3, "Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am."
    • What do you hope heaven will be like?
  3. Read Revelation 21:3-4 in the Bible. What makes you the most excited that we won't experience in heaven? Why?
  4. Jesus promised He will one day return, but also said, in Matthew 24:36 says, "But about the day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Therefore keep watch for you do not know what day your Lord will come."
    • Why do you think God wants Jesus' return to be unknown to us?
    • Jesus said He will return, but no one can know when He will return. Still, why do you think people spend time trying to figure out when He will return?
  5. When you hear about the return of Jesus, does it bring excitement or fear? Why?
  6. Do you feel ready for the return of Jesus? Why or why not?
  7. Matthew 7:21-23 is a picture of Judgment Day, and we see Jesus tell some people they can't come into Heaven because He didn't "know" them; they didn't live their lives on earth in a relationship with God. Heaven is the place where we go to experience full and unending relationship with God, so only people who desired and sought to live in that on earth will enter.
    • How does the make you feel?
    • How would you say your relationship with God is going? Why?
  8. Weekly Check In Question: What could we be praying for you this week? (Is there something good we could celebrate with you, or a challenge you need God's help with?)