The End is Not Yet | Apr. 23, 2017

Getting Started

  • What types of things cause people to give up before something comes to an end?
  • What about "the end" of life as we currently know it scares us?

Community Discussion

  • There are five dangers, deceptions, or distractions that can hinder us from persevering in faithfulness to the end. These are, outward forms of religion, not anticipating an end, false teachers, turmoil in the political realm, the intensity of personal persecution. Of these, which presents the most difficulty for us in faithfully enduring to the end? Of these, which presents the biggest hurdle to Jesus being our endurance?
  • Because Jesus is our endurance we can find purpose even in our suffering. What are some ways we have experienced suffering? How does Jesus bring purpose to this suffering? In what ways are we presenting Jesus to the unbelievers around us through our understanding of our suffering and their suffering?
  • We can endure because of the presence we share. In what ways are we isolating ourselves from each other's presence, whether physically, emotionally, or spiritually? How can we better encourage each other to endure in faithfulness?

Further Discussion

Discipleship

  • There are five dangers, deceptions, or distractions that can hinder us from persevering in faithfulness to the end. These are, outward forms of religion, not anticipating an end, false teachers, turmoil in the political realm, the intensity of personal persecution. Of these, which presents the most difficulty for you in faithfully enduring to the end? Of these, which presents the biggest hurdle to Jesus being your endurance?
  • Because Jesus is your endurance we can find purpose even in your suffering. What are some ways you have experienced suffering? How does Jesus bring purpose to this suffering? In what ways are you presenting Jesus to the unbelievers around you through your understanding of your suffering and their suffering?
  • We can endure because of the presence we share with other believers. In what ways are you isolating yourself from a community of believers, whether physically, emotionally, or spiritually? How could you open your life up to other people in gospel community? 

Family

  • As a family how do we find purpose in the suffering we experience? How does the way we communicate about our suffering reflect that Christ is our endurance? What are some practical ways you can teach your children to endure suffering because of its gospel purpose?
  • In what ways is your family pursuing authentic gospel-centered community within the body of Christ? How are you creating space for your children to experience this as much as you are?
  • There are five dangers, deceptions, or distractions that can hinder us from persevering in faithfulness to the end. These are, outward forms of religion, not anticipating an end, false teachers, turmoil in the political realm, the intensity of personal persecution. Of these, which presents the most difficulty for your family in faithfully enduring to the end? 
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