Cultivate Lesson 10
“18 MINUTES IN HEAVEN”

Review from last week
1.  What is heaven? 

2. Can heaven be on earth? 

3.  Seed thought:  good people don’t go to heaven, only people that are forgiven

 

 

Students write down the blue questions and the red answers.

1. What is heaven?  a place where God and the angels, and of the good after death dwells.

2. Are there three heavens? Yes

3.  First Heaven:  Genesis 7:11-12 says, "The windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights." There the word "heaven" refers to the blanket of atmosphere around the world, which is where the hydrological cycle occurs.
4.  Second Heaven: The planetary heaven, the second heaven, is where the stars, the moon, and the planets are.

Genesis 1 says,

Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth"; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth (14-17).     

5.  Third Heaven:  the one Paul speaks of in 2 Corinthians 12, is the heaven where God dwells with His holy angels and those saints who have died.

The other two heavens will pass away (2 Pet. 3:10)--this heaven is eternal.  But Scripture also reveals heaven as a realm not confined to an area limited by height, width, and breadth.

The paradise of eternity is thus revealed as a magnificent kingdom where both heaven and earth unite in a glory that surpasses the limits of the human imagination and the boundaries of earthly dimensions.

The Lord's prayer:  Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Pastor Paul's
2014 message   
“18 MINUTES IN HEAVEN”


WATCH DVD FROM THE BEGINNING TO 28:10 MINUTES

 

Watch: Heaven, What's It Like? 3min video


Why do we need to know about heaven?

1.  To let others know what is our perspective.

2.  Helps to guide others toward heaven

3.  then we begin to make the right decisions and form the appropriate responses to questions on Christmas, virgin-birth, 3 wisemen, Jesus being the Son of God. Because, in the end, the truth does set us free.  It is our decisions and actions that reveal what we really believe.

     

Big Question:

7.  What can you do to spread the truth about heaven?

Small Group Discussion

QUESTIONS CONCERNING Heaven:

QUESTIONS FOR THE GROUPS
Consider the rope illustration Pastor Paul used in the beginning of his sermon. He had a long rope with about 12 inches of the rope colored orange. The orange part represented life on earth and the remainder of the rope represented eternity. What was Pastor Paul’s point is using this rope in regards to how we live our lives?

Pastor Paul made a statement in his sermon. He said good people don’t go to heaven, forgiven people do. What did he mean by this statement? How does God’s word support it?

What do you visualize when you think of heaven? Do you picture clouds and baby angels? Due to artists renditions of heaven throughout time, we often assume heaven looks like paintings and images we have seen as opposed to actually consulting the Bible. When you consider the word of God, what do you think heaven will look like and why?

Pastor Paul preached out of Hebrews 11 for this sermon. This chapter in the Bible is known as the “Faith Hall of Fame.” Read through Hebrews 11 and pick a person in the faith hall of fame to discuss. After choosing someone, each group member take some time to reflect on why a particular person stood out to you.