God makes all things new. He is about taking the brokenness brought on by sin and offering a new reality. God’s plans for a believer’s eternity are staggering in immensity and joy. We will exist forever on a new earth—a reality more alive than our present existence. While the thought of “another world” can be overwhelming, it can also create godly anticipation. We are meant to be motivated by eternity and all that awaits us.

Discussion Questions

What were or are your thoughts about what salvation is primarily about? Describe the benefits of not only “going to heaven when you die,” but also living for God now.

True or false: No one will spend eternity in heaven (a purposefully provocative statement). What insights do you find in the following verses: Mark 13:31, 2 Peter 3:13, Revelation 21:1?

What similarities do you see between the Garden of Eden (pre-fall) and the new earth (specifically the New Jerusalem)? Look at the following passages to discover the similarities: Genesis 2:9-12, 3:8, 22 and Revelation 22:1-4, 18-20.

How would you describe the bookends of human history in Genesis and Revelation? How is God putting things back like He originally intended them?

C.S. Lewis wrote: “If you read history, you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.” How does an eternal perspective help you invest your life now?

Further Reading

New Habits

Habits can have a profound impact on our lives in both good and bad ways. And often, we’re unaware of how much we do in our lives simply by force of habit. We’ll discuss how modern behavioral science is catching up to what the church has known for thousands of years...

A New Song

Songs are powerful things. The combine melody and harmony. They express both truth and emotion. They can fill us with joy and hope or with lament and sorrow. Through the beauty of song we worship, we celebrate, and we mourn. In the Psalms, the worship songs of the...

A New Purpose

Living without purpose is not really living at all. When you find new life in Christ, you can then find a new purpose—an investment of your life that makes sense and brings glory to God. If someone asked, “What is your purpose in life?” how would you respond? Those of...

New Creation

It’s easy for us to become consumed with what happens to us and around us. We spend so much time and energy on managing our circumstances that we begin to think those circumstances define us. After thinking this way for a while, we eventually believe that those old...

New Command

Whenever we head into a new normal, there is usually an old normal we have to contend with first. We transition into a new normal when an old normal no longer works or the new normal is significantly better. This week, we'll discuss a new command Jesus gives his...