04 September 2015

Sunday School Lesson—New Heaven and New Earth

New Heaven and New Earth

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Theme: God is faithful to His promises.

A1 Objectives

B1 Explain what will happen to the earth we live on.

B2 Describe what God has planned for believers and unbelievers.

A2 Scriptures

B1 2 Peter 3:1-13

B2 2 Thessalonians 1:9

B3 Revelation 21:1-8

B4 Revelation 21:22-22:25

A3 Notes

B1 2 Peter 3:1-13

C1 Outline

D1 God's promise for a new heavens and new earth 2 Peter 3:1-7

E1 Remember 2 Peter 3:1-2

E2 Scoffers 2 Peter 3:3-4

E3 Willful ignorance 2 Peter 3:5

E4 God's promises are fulfilled 2 Peter 3:6-7

D2 God's timing is difference than ours. 2 Peter 3:8-9

E1 Time has no effect on God 2 Peter 3:8

E2 The patience of God is long 2 Peter 3:9

D3 God's Day of the Lord 2 Peter 3:10-13

E1 Day of the Lord--Destruction described 2 Peter 3:10

E2 Call to a holy life 2 Peter 3:11

E3 Hastening the Day 2 Peter 3:12

E4 The new heavens and earth 2 Peter 3:13

D4 God's patience should be ours as well 2 Peter 3:14-16

D5 God's wish--continue in the faith 2 Peter 3:17-18

B2 2 Thessalonians 1:9--The punishment for rejecting the Gospel

B3 Revelation 21:1-8

C1 New heaven and new earth Revelation 21:1

C2 New Jerusalem Revelation 21:1-2

C3 The living conditions of the New Jerusalem Revelation 21:3-4

C4 The offer of the Gospel Revelation 21:5-8

D1 To those who believe Revelation 21:5-7

D2 To those who do not believe Revelation 21:8

B4 Revelation 21:22-22:25

C1 The physical features of the city Revelation 21:22-22:5

C2 The angel messenger's words--God's words are true Revelation 22:6

C3 Jesus's words Revelation 22:7

C4 John's words Revelation 22:8

C5 John's actions towards the angel messenger and their actions Revelation 22:9-11

C6 Jesus's words Revelation 22:12-16

C7 The Spirit's and bride's words Revelation 22:17

C8 John's warning Revelation 22:18-19

C9 Jesus's words and John's response Revelation 22:20

B5 Definitions

C1 New heavens and new earth

D1 Opinions differ

D2 Some references—here,

C2 Day of the Lord refers to the times God gives His judgment and punishes sin with a special emphasis for the Judgment at the end of the tribulation. See here, here,

A4 Questions

B1 2 Peter 3:1-13

C1 Why is it necessary to remind ourselves of doctrine?

C2 2 Peter 3:2--whose words are we to remember?

C3 2 Peter 3:2--the words of the Apostles are equal to what other writers?

C4 2 Peter 3:2--what Apostles does Peter refer to?

C5 2 Peter 3:3--what is one characteristic of the last day mockers?

C6 2 Peter 3:4--what is the one main problem the mockers have in understanding God's promises? (They feel it must happen according to their timeline).

C7 2 Peter 3:4-7--what are the mockers overlooking? (In the time before Noah's flood, the people then living had 120 years to get right with God, but they refused. They were probably mockers as well, but the flood did happen just as God said it would. Be prepared)!

C8 2 Peter 3:8--is this passage teaching Bible timing one day = one thousand years? (No, it is a figure, an expression, otherwise the word day would have no meaning. Matthew 6:11 ("give us this thousand years our daily bread?), Matthew 7:22, Matthew 24:19, 22, and 29, etc.).

C9 2 Peter 3:10--what does thief in the night mean? (Suddenly without warning)

C10 2 Peter 3:11--knowing that judgment is coming, how should we live our lives?

C11 2 Peter 3:12--how do we hasten the coming of the Day of God? (faith (believing that it will happen) and prayer ("Come Lord Jesus." Revelation 22:20).

C12 2 Peter 3:13--what is a characteristic of the new heavens and new earth? (righteousness). How is this different from today?

B2 2 Thessalonians 1:9

C1 2 Thessalonians 1:9--who are the these in this verse? (See verse 8).

C2 What two things will that group of people miss out on?

C3 Does destruction mean annihilation? (No, see Proverbs 15:11 and Proverbs 27:20. Compare Matthew 25:26 with 2 Thessalonians 1:9. See also Matthew 7:13, Hebrews 10:33 (back to destruction)).

B3 Revelation 21:1-8

C1 Revelation 21:1-2--what are three new things?

C2 Revelation 21:3--from what heaven is the loud voice coming from?

C3 Revelation 21:4-5--why is everything new?

C4 Revelation 21:6--when God says beginning and end, it means His eternity. What does Alpha and Omega imply?

C5 Revelation 21:7--what is it that we must overcome? (Evil, satan, falling away from God's words and way).

C6 Revelation 21:8--what are the things we must not do?

C7 Revelation 21:8--is the fire and brimstone a real place or just imagination and stands for something else?

B4 Revelation 21:22-22:25

C1 Revelation 21:22-27--what is the importance of the Lamb's Book of Life?

C2 Revelation 22:1-5--what will those who have placed faith, trusted, in Jesus Christ be doing?

C3 Revelation 22:6-11--what is the importance of the Book of Revelation?

C4 Revelation 22:12--what is the work that we do to receive a reward? Are there different rewards for different works?

C5 Revelation 22:13-14--are there any rules for Christians to follow?

C6 Revelation 22:15--what are some actions that break God's rules?

C7 Revelation 22:16--how does Jesus describe Himself? Why?

C8 Revelation 22:17--is God giving a genuine offer of salvation to all?

C9 Revelation 22:18-19--what is the danger of adding or removing words to the Bible and in particular the Book of Revelation? How do people do this? Why would they do it?

C10 Revelation 22:20--does God keep His promises? Why is it important to believe this?

C11 Revelation 22:21--why does John end this book with this blessing?

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