We Believe: The Future

The book of Revelation may be one of the most avoided books of the Bible. It’s just too confusing, right? Thinking about the future – the big picture future of the world – can be overwhelming because of the number of unknowns. Thankfully, God’s Word makes a few key elements of the future clear – Jesus is coming back to fulfill prophecy, defeat His enemies, and rule forever, and when He does, people who have been saved through faith in Jesus Christ will be with God forever.

WE BELIEVE: The Future

MEMORY VERSE: There is more than enough room in my Father’s house. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am." John 14:2-3 (NLT)

This Week’s Finish Line: We Believe the Future

This weekend, we focused on Future Things at our final “We Believe Weekend” of the year. Kiddos in Kindergarten through 5th grade learned that the most important thing we see in God’s Word about the future is that Jesus is coming back! The reason this is such a big deal is because after Jesus died for our sins, rose again, and returned to heaven, the world we live in remained broken and marked by sin. People still make bad choices and bad things still happen every day. But when Jesus comes back, He will fulfill prophecy, defeat His enemies, and rule forever! Sin and death will be defeated once and for all. Jesus will right everything that is wrong in the world. So, what happens to us in the future? People who have been saved through faith in Jesus Christ will be with God forever. If you have made the choice to put your trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sin, we are promised eternity in God’s presence. And since God is perfect, being in His presence includes experiencing the new heaven and new earth we read about in His Word, where there is no more sorrow, death, or pain. We don’t know when Jesus is coming back, but God’s Word makes it clear that we should spend our time on earth loving others and sharing the good news of the gospel with those who may not know it, so that as many people as possible can experience a relationship with God and spend eternity with Him.

Family Questions:

READ JOHN 14:1-3

1. How do we know that Jesus is coming back? (Jesus Himself promised His disciples that He was going to prepare a place for them and that He would come back someday.)

2. When is He coming back? Who knows? (God the Father is the only one who knows, although a lot of people try to guess.)

3. How is Jesus described? How does this description of Him different than what you normally think of Him?

4. What do these verses say He’s going to do when He comes back? (He is going to judge fairly, fight a good war and win, defeat his enemies and rule everything. He will be King of king and Lord of lords.)

5. What choice do we all make that determines our future? (We choose to follow God and believe in Jesus or to go our own way.)

6. How can we know if we get to be with God forever? What gift does He offer to all of us? (He gave His one and only Son, Jesus to take the punishment for sin. Because of His sacrifice on the cross, God offers the gift of forgiveness to everyone. Those who choose God will be saved.)

READ REVELATION 19:11-16

7. How is Jesus described? How does this description of Him different than what you normally think of Him?

8. What do these verses say He’s going to do when He comes back? (He is going to judge fairly, fight a good war and win, defeat his enemies and rule everything. He will be King of king and Lord of lords.)

READ JOHN 3:16-21

9. What choice do we all make that determines our future? (We choose to follow God and believe in Jesus or to go our own way.)

10. How can we know if we get to be with God forever? What gift does He offer to all of us? (He gave His one and only Son, Jesus to take the punishment for sin. Because of His sacrifice on the cross, God offers the gift of forgiveness to everyone. Those who choose God will be saved.)

Bring it Home Conversations & Activities:

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Teacher: Meal Time

Read Revelation 21:1-5. God’s Word promises that eternity with God will be filled with only good things! What are some awesome things you can look forward to if you’ve put your trust in Jesus? (no more death, sorrow, or pain) Those things are awesome, but according to this passage, what is the most amazing thing about eternity for those who put their faith in Christ? (They get to be with God forever! He is better than anything else we could ever hope for!)

Friend: Drive Time

This year in our elementary ministries, we spent time talking about what we believe and why. We learned about the Bible, God, Sin & Salvation, the Church, and Future Things. Have your kids spend time in the car this week practicing We Believe questions and answers from this week and the past year. You can use the handout your kiddo got at church this weekend, or you can find all the questions and answers for all of our We Believe weekends by clicking here.

Counselor: Bedtime

If you have put your trust in Jesus, thank God for making a way to have a relationship with Him and for the promise of spending forever with Him. Thank Him that we can trust the promise that Jesus is coming back to fulfill prophecy, defeat His enemies, and rule forever, and that He will make everything that’s broken in our world right again.

Coach: Anytime

Spend time as a family this week thinking about someone you know who may not know the good news of the gospel. It could be friends, family, neighbors, or someone you know from a sports team. Brainstorm together ways that you can show them God’s love this week (sharing your favorite toy with them during a play date, bake them cookies just because, find another way to serve them, etc.). Ask God to give you courage to share the amazing news of the gospel with them when you have an opportunity!

Prayer

God, thank you for other believers that are around us and encourage us! We ask you that others would hear the gospel too and believe that Jesus died on the cross for them! Bring more people to be the Church!

Looking Ahead

Next week, we will start the month of August with a new trait, Courage!

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