Week 1: You Can’t Have Heaven without Hell
Discuss what you think Heaven looks like.
Read Luke 16:19-31
- In verses 19 and 21, a banquet table is part of the parable. Why do you think Jesus uses the imagery of food and feasting to describe life here and in heaven so often?
- In verses 23-27, what do you notice about the rich man?
- In these verses, we are confronted with the fact that those in Hell may be able to see what they are missing out on. When you read this, what is your first reaction?
- The rich man didn’t go to anyone, let alone God, for anything. Oppositely, Lazarus knew he needed God for everything, every day.
- In your day-to-day life, do you tend to try to take care of things on your own, or do you intentionally rely on God?
- Max Lucado said the Christian in this life is the closest they will get to experiencing Hell, and the non-Christian in this life is the closest they will get to experience Heaven. Reflect on and discuss this statement in your small group.
- When you think of Heaven, do you think of full access to God? How do you think your access to God in heaven will be different than the access you have to Him now?