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CHAPTER 31 | New Jerusalem

THE STORY PAGES 467-468 // Revelation 21:1-14

Opening Prayer

Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide your time together.


Review Group Member Commitments (explain any as needed):

  1. We do our part to create a safe environment.
  2. We listen to each other.
  3. We commit to share our lives with one another.
  4. We direct each other to God for the solutions to our problems.
  5. We resolve conflict.


Review from Last Week

    • Were you able to tell last week’s story to someone this past week?
    • How did God use last week’s story in your life?


Hook into God’s Word

What do you think of when you think of heaven? What will it be like?


Context of the Story

The Apostle John (also known as “the disciple Jesus loved”) was punished for his faith in Jesus to a life in exile. During his exile, Jesus came to him and shared beautiful and terrible visions of how The Story would end. But it wasn’t really an end. It was like the beginning of a whole new story - a new start for everyone who followed Jesus to the end.


Tell the Story

Have the storyteller/reader say, “Here is the story from God’s Word,” before telling the story to the group.


Rebuild the Story

  1. What are the differences between our world now and the new heaven and new earth?
  2. Why is the imagery of a wedding used to describe Jesus and the church?
  3. What is the significance the number 12 in verses 12-14?
  4. Have someone read Psalm 122. How does this passage relate to Revelation 21?


Application Questions*:

  1. Does reading and discussing this passage change anything about your view of heaven?
  2. How does the fact that Jesus is committed to you forever (just as a groom is to their bride) impact your faith?


Closing

    • This is our final meeting of the school year. Plan some times to get together in the summer months.
    • Share prayer requests and pray for each other.



*feel free pick and choose or to add your own questions - more questions can be found in the back of The Story book