The Truth About Hell
Christians like to talk about how great it will be to go to Heaven. After all, it would be a gross understatement to say that eternal life in a beautiful place, void of sin, tears, pain, or suffering, is desirable to the believer and unbeliever alike. It is pleasant to think of a blissful existence after this life. It is a selling point for many of our faith to hold Heaven up in game show fashion saying, “and tell them, pastor, what they could win!”
However, when it comes to the teaching of judgment for the sinner and Hell for the damned, we grow a little more nervous and a little quieter. If we even mention Hell, we feel like we are putting God’s love and goodness on trial.
In this study, you and your group will explore the biblical teaching of the afterlife for those who are in rebellion against God. Your group will see that because of God’s “goodness,” He must judge sin. However, through His “love,” He provides an escape for those who receive it.
- SESSION 1 “JUST A GLIMPSE”
In this session, your group will look at the understandings of the afterlife held by the Hebrew people before Jesus taught about it.
- SESSION 2 “JESUS’ WARNINGS ABOUT HELL”
In this session, your group will review Jesus’ further revelations and warnings about the afterlife, particularly those on Hell.
- SESSION 3 “JOHN’S VISION OF HELL”
In this session, your group will get a glimpse of the final judgment as John described what Christ revealed to him on the isle of Patmos.
- SESSION 4 “JUSTICE AND HOLINESS”
In this session, your group will gain insight into God’s holiness and historical judgment through the record of His Word bringing them to terms with the concept of final judgment.
- SESSION 5 “JUSTICE AND LOVE”
In this session, your group will see how the holy and just God can be merciful and forgiving to the guilty sinner through the atonement and imputed righteousness of Christ.
5 sessions – 25 pages
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