How Could A Loving God Send People To Hell?
BEFORE YOU GATHER
- Familiarize yourself with this Group Study Guide.
- If you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch the weekend sermon.
- Spend some time in prayer before your group gathers.
- To prepare for discussion, CLICK HERE for a few facilitation tips.
- As a leader you always have the option to use some or all the questions and/or write your own questions.
Opening Prayer: (1-5 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here’s a suggestion of how your group can invite God into your time together.
God, help us to more deeply understand the depth of your love, the strength of your justice, and the extend of your mercy. Help us to be transformed into people who walk in faith knowing they are on a trajectory of redemption.
Quick Connection: (5 minutes)
Do you hold justice and fairness as an important value in the way you live your life? Share an example of when you felt the impact of these values.
Group Discussion: (30 minutes)
This week we explore the topic of divine judgement and the trajectory our lives face towards heaven or hell.
There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, in the end, "Thy will be done." All that are in Hell, choose it.
- C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce
Open your bibles together and ask a few people to read aloud the following chapters: 2 Thessalonians 1, Romans 1-2, and John 3.
- Is the idea of a God as “just” a new concept to you? Does it fit into your idea of who God is?
- In your own words, explain why God’s love demands justice.
- How does knowing that God is fair and that His propensity is mercy, not wrath, help you make sense of God’s role as the final judge over where people spend eternity?
- What is/has been your response to God’s pursuit of you? Does God pursuing you make you feel uncomfortable? Does it bring you peace?
- Share about a time when a choice you made became a pivotal moment in your own life's trajectory of living closer to or farther from God. How has that decision impacted your life as you see it now?
Closing Prayer: (5-15 minutes)
In light of what God is saying through this week’s message, here are some suggestions of what your group could talk about with God in prayer.
Together, specifically pray to know how to respond to God's pursuit of your life.
Share the first name of someone whom you love and feel is choosing the wrong direction to run. Take time to prayer out loud as a group for these individuals. Commit to praying for someone else's loved one this week during your own prayer time.
CHALLENGE FOR THE WEEK
In what ways could you take advantage of drawing near to God and respond to His rescue plan in your life? Implement one of those ways and commit to doing so over the next 7 days.
RESOURCES FOR FURTHER GROWTH & DISCIPLESHIP
- (Audio Resource) Heaven & Hell, by Dr. Tim Mackie
- (Podcast Resource) Subscribe to Tim Mackie’s Podcast “Exploring My Strange Bible” and search for the 4-Part series on Heaven & Hell
- (Book Resource) The Skeletons in God’s Closet, by Joshua Ryan Butler
- (Book Resource) The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis
- (Video Resource) Four Paradigm Shifts on Hell, by Joshua Ryan Butler