Longing for Heaven Participants Guide

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Record thoughts and questions here that come up as you watch the episode.  Explore them later with the group.
Listen to God’s Word: Hebrews 12:1-2, 2 Corinthians 4:13-18




Discuss the Episode

1 .Randy mentions that our longings in this life have a greater depth of longing for God and a restored world.  Have you ever wanted something, but when you get it, realize that there is still a desire for something more?  What do you do then?

2. At one point, Don says, “Christian theology actually sets us up for an emotionally stable life of honest expectations about what life is all about.”  He found that understanding the “already but not yet” reality of our present Christian experience helped him immensely in his expectations about the Christian life.  How have you experienced the “already” of the Christian life this week?  The “not yet”?

3. Don mentions the struggle of temptation—saying no to something in the present, the fear of missing out on an experience, all the while knowing that the desire has a component of longing for heaven.  How do we bring the promise of heaven into our real lives on a daily basis?

4. Randy mentions that we partner with God as He fulfills His plan to transform His Creation.  Where are you using your time and gifts? Medicine, business, law, ministry, service, art, family, neighborhood, or somewhere else?  What would partnering with God to transform your family, workplace and/or community look like?

Resources for Further Growth

Reflect on What Others Have to Say
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A man’s physical hunger does not prove that man will get any bread; he may die of starvation on a raft in the Atlantic. But surely a man’s hunger does prove that he comes of a race which repairs its body by eating and inhabits a world where eatable substances exist. In the same way, though I do not believe (I wish I did) that my desire for Paradise proves that I shall enjoy it, I think it a pretty good indication that such a thing exists and that some men will. A man may love a woman and not win her; but it would be very odd if the phenomenon called “falling in love” occurred in a sexless world.
C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

When the final resurrection occurs, as the centerpiece of God’s new creation, we will discover that everything done in the present world in the power of Jesus’ own resurrection will be celebrated and included, appropriately transformed.
N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope


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