The Truth about Heaven and Hell

Speaker: Pastor Jay Childs
Scripture: Revelation 20 & 21
Series: Your Ever After

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Did you grow up believing in a literal heaven and hell? How did it impact you?


  1. Read Matthew 5:21-22, 29-20, 10:26-28, 25:40-46.
    Why do you think Jesus spoke so often about hell?
  2. Read Revelation 20:10-15.
    What is being described here? What is the "lake of fire?" Is it eternal?
  3. Discuss: How can God be loving if there is an eternal hell?
  4. Read 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10.
    How does Paul describe the final judgment and the final state of the wicked?
  5. Discuss: What should we be teaching our children and grandchildren about hell?
  6. Read Matthew 11:20-24.
    • Discuss: Will there be degrees of reward and punishment in heaven and hell? Why? Why not?
    • (cf Wayne Grudem; Systematic Theology; chapters 56 & 57)
  7. Read Revelation 21:1-18.
    How does John describe the "new earth?"  
  8. Read John 14:1-4.
    What is the “place” Jesus is preparing for us? Evidence?
  9. Discuss: What excites you the most about the new earth?
  10. Read Matthew 7:13-14, John 14:6.
    Discuss: Is Jesus really the only path to eternal life?   
  11. Read 2 Peter 3:11-13.
    Discuss: How should the doctrine of last things impact us?


Discuss the statement by theologian Miroslav Volf:

 “God is not loving in spite of his wrath;  He is loving because of His wrath.”

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Posted on November 22, 2015 and filed under Your Ever After.