Exalting Christ and Loving People

Heaven and You (Part 1)

Service for October 25th, 2020: Continuing in a series on Heaven with Pastor Dave Elliott.

Video

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Sermon Audio

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Notes

(Printable sermon notes: Sermon-Notes-Heaven-and-You-part-1.pdf )

HEAVEN is a place and a sphere, both far and near, where the Lord and those who love Him live together forever.

  • Heaven is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before…and then some
  • Heaven is like the most beautiful thing you can imagine…except better
  • Heave is like safest place you know…but even more secure
  • Heaven is like home…the way home ought to be!

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God’s right hand in the place of honor and power.  Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth. (Col. 3:1-2) 

If you want to know what ___________ will be like in heaven just look at _________________.

Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven. Earthly people are like the earthly man, and heavenly people are like the heavenly man. Just as we are now like the earthly man, we will someday be like the heavenly man. ( I Cor. 15:47-49)

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. (Phil. 3:20-21)

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. (I John 3:2)

Q1: Will you be an ______________ in heaven? (Heb. 1:14, I Cor. 6:3)

Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14)

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; (Ps. 91:11)

Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!            (I Cor. 6:3)

Q2: Will you have a body in heaven or just float around like a disembodied ________________? (II Cor. 5:1-6, Luke 24)

Q3: What will your heavenly ___________ be like? (I Cor. 15)

  • Our heavenly body will be like a “grown plant” compared to the “_____________” of our earthly body.
  • Our heavenly body will be much _______________than our earthly body.
  • v.42 imperishable 
  • v.43 g___________________
  • v.43 powerful 
  • v.44 s________________________ (Acts 1:9, Lk 24:31, Jn 20:19, 26)

Q4: Will you be ___________________ in heaven? (Matthew 17:4)

Q5: Will you wear ____________________ in heaven? (Rev. 1)

Digging Deeper

(For personal study, family devotions or Care group use)

Q1: What questions do you have about what you or others will be like in heaven?

Q2: In what ways do you think we will be like Jesus?  …or not be like Jesus?

Q3: Read I Cor. 6:18-20.  What does this passage teach us about the importance of a body?  

Q4: Paul uses the analogy of a see verses a mature plant as a picture of what we will be like in heaven compared to what we are like now.  How else does this seed simile bless you?

Q5: Read I Corinthians 15:50-58.  What does this passage teach us about our transition to our heavenly bodies?  How does this heavenly picture impact us right now?

Q6: Who are you looking forward to meeting in heaven?  What image do you have in your mind as to what they might look like?  Why do you want to meet that particular person?