Misconceptions about Heaven Participants Guide

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Listen to God’s Word: 1 Corinthians 15:35-58




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1. During this episode, Don and Randy discuss how some popular misconceptions of heaven make it seem boring, yet the Bible insists that we will have work, tasks, adventures, and things to learn in heaven.  Have you ever thought that heaven could be boring? Can you imagine what it would be like to live in a fully human but unfallen world?

2. Randy explains that all pleasures are derivative, that is, God invented them! He made them as a part of our lives, and when we are in right relation to Him He redeems our experience of pleasure.  Have you ever considered that experiences of goodness and pleasure in this life point to what heaven will be like?  How does that influence your view of heaven?

3. Randy mentions that one of the implications of this view of heaven is that our daily work matters.  In light of the Resurrection, our present bodily life is not valueless—what we do in the present will last into God’s future.  Do you think about your work this way?  How might this understanding of our work impact how we work?

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Our belief that Heaven will be boring betrays a heresy—that God is boring.  There’s no greater nonsense.  Our desire for pleasure and the experience of joy come directly from God’s hand.  He made our taste buds, adrenaline, sex drives, and the nerve endings that convey pleasure to our brains.  Likewise, our imaginations and our capacity for joy and exhilaration were made by the very God we accuse of being boring.  Are we so arrogant as to imagine that human beings came up with the idea of having fun?
Randy Alcorn, Heaven

(with reference to 1 Corinthians 15:58) The point of the resurrection, as Paul has been arguing throughout the letter, is that the present bodily life is not valueless just because it will die.  God will raise it to new life.  What you do with your body in the present matters because God has a great future in store for it… What you do in the present—by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as your self—will last into God’s future.
N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope


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