Judgment and Hope

Small Group Material: 
Week Commencing: 
30 Nov 2009
Bible Base: 
Acts 10:36-43; Revelation 21:1-7; 22-27; Romans 13

Advent Sunday – Judgment and Hope
1)      Reading  1  Acts 10:36-43
In this summary of the good news Peter includes that Jesus will judge the living and the dead.
(a)    How is the idea of judgment good news? (b) How is the idea that Jesus will be the judge good news?
2)      Reading 2 Revelation 21:1-7; 22-27
(For those who love the sea, verse 1 ‘there was no longer any sea’ is about the way that the Jewish people identified the sea with the forces of chaos. I don’t think it commits us to thinking that the new creation will not have seas.)
3)      What is the direction of movement of the heavenly city? What does this passage suggest about where eternal life will take place?
4)      What does verse 26 (together with v 27) suggest about the future of the good things that humanity has managed to achieve?
5)      Readings 3 Romans 13:8-14; Ephesians 4:17-5:10
6)      The New Testament encourages us in various places to be ready for the Lord’s return. How does the Romans passage suggest we should be ready?
7)      Make a list of the things that Paul suggests in Ephesians are involved in ‘living as children of light’. Which of these are the most important?
8)      How much of this is God’s work and how much is ours?
9)      Have a look at 1 Corinthians 15:58. How does this verse encourage us to react to the future hope of resurrection and the new creation?
David Jeans                                                                                         November 2009