It's Not Over
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Revelation 21:1–21:7, Revelation 2:1–2:10
It's Not Over
A four week Easter series celebrating the HOPE Jesus Christ can bring to everyONE.
HOPE for every ONE
“HOPE for everyONE” is a four-week Easter series where we're looking at stories from the Bible about Jesus, where the HOPE He brings for “the ONE”--the man, the woman, the person who’s just like us.
Revelation 21:1-7 NIV
1 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” 5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.
Ephesians 2:1-10 NIV
1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Here are some critical questions to ask yourself:
What does God want to resurrect from death to life in you?
What does God want to do through you to help others experience resurrection?
Where you place your hope beyond this life will determine how you live this life. Pastor Sam
1. What do you hope to do this summer that keeps you going through these last days of winter?
2. Sam told us that Christ-followers put their hope in Jesus’ resurrection and in His future return. In what ways do you look forward to Jesus’ second coming and eternity? In what ways do you not? Be honest!
3. In Philippians 1:23, Paul said he preferred to depart and be with Christ because that is “better by far.” To you, what would make Heaven better by far than life on this earth?
4. Look at these Scriptures together, and note what made early Christians eagerly anticipate Jesus’ coming. How can we look forward to His return this way? How would that change how we live here and now?
* John 14:1-3
* 2 Corinthians 5:6-10
* Hebrews 10:34-39
* 2 Peter 3:10-14
5. Jesus said, “I am making everything new!” (Revelation 21:5) What one thing do you especially look forward to being made new in the next life? Why?
6. What questions do you have about Jesus’ coming, Heaven, and eternity?