I am leading a group studying Heaven, and I really want to get people excited about studying it. Do you have any suggestions of questions I could ask the group to encourage conversation and get people thinking about Heaven?
Here are some questions that could stimulate conversation:
What are the first thoughts that come to your mind when you think about Heaven?
Are these the same thoughts you’ve always had, or have they changed over the years?
Where did your original view of Heaven come from? (God’s Word, church, popular culture?)
If it’s changed at all, where has your new understanding come from?
Is there any difference between the pre-resurrection Heaven Christians go to when we die, and the post-resurrection Heaven that we will live in forever, with Christ reigning on the throne, spoken of in Revelation 21-22?
Why should we care about what Heaven will be like, as long as we know we’ll be with Jesus?
What would excite you about living on this Earth, as we know it, if Christ were physically present and the earth was made new, without sin and death and suffering?
Do you believe animals will be on the New Earth?
Is it possible your pets might be there?
Can you think of any biblical basis for your belief?
Do you feel like you’re missing out on something here and now?
What about missed opportunities?
Do you think they might be made up for on the New Earth?
Will you be recognized as the same person and be with those you know and love?
Besides these questions, here are some other resources for small group leaders:
For more information on the subject of Heaven, see Randy Alcorn’s book Heaven.