- In Revelation 21:1, the first heaven and first earth had passed away. How does this give perspective to things we value and esteem here on earth? What other passages of Scripture help us with this perspective?
- Revelation 21:3-4 paints a beautiful picture of God dwelling with mankind. When you think eternal life in the new heavens and new earth, what do you look forward to most?
- What does it mean to be “one who conquers” (vs. 7) and what Scriptural support can you use to backup your answer? (see the letters to the churches in Rev. 2-3) What truths of God’s Word can you use to evaluate your own life to see whether your are “one who conquers?” (see Matt. 5:2-12; Gal. 5:16-26)
- Does the image of the new heavens and new earth in Revelation 21 give you hope or cause for concern? Why?
- How would the life of someone who believes in the resurrection look different from the life of someone who does not believe in the resurrection? What are some ways that your belief in the resurrection has changed (or should change) the way you life your life?
- Do those who do not believe in Jesus look at your life and effort for Christ’s sake and pity you for how much you are giving yourself to something they think is untrue? How does your answer reveal what may or may not need to change in your life (see question #1)?
- Some think that all of the benefits of heaven are guaranteed to Christians in this life. What verses in our passage teach otherwise, and why?
- What message were Paul and the apostles preaching that was different from every other religion? What are you doing to help people see Christ as resurrected? (i.e. the words you use, your faithfulness to the Scriptures, etc.)
- The Bible teaches we can know what path we are on and have assurance of our salvation (cf. 1 John 5:1-13). Which path are you on? How do your beliefs and actions confirm your answer?
- What does Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 7:13-29 reveal about all other religions around the world? How does this truth challenge or confirm your understanding of salvation? What other passages of Scripture point to the exclusivity of the Gospel message?
- Why is the way to the "narrow gate” hard? How have you experienced such hardships in your life and how did the Lord comfort you during those times?
- How might this passage encourage or challenge you as you interact with unbelieving family, friends, and coworkers/classmates?