Lesson 36: The Last Things: The Final State (Part 1)


Notice: This chapter will be covered in two parts. Do not read the entire chapter this week

Read Know the Truth: Chapter 29: The Last Things: The Final State (Pages 357-364)

Questions for Discussion

1. Why is the resurrection of the body to be preferred to the immortality of the soul to describe the Christian’s future hope?

2. What is the basis of the Christian’s hope in the face of death? What would you say to someone recently bereaved of someone he or she loved dearly?

3. What does the Bible teach about the ‘intermediate state’? Why are the theories of (a) purgatory, (b) ‘a second chance’ to be rejected?

4. How can the importance of ‘works’ in the final judgment be reconciled with the Bible’s teaching on salvation through faith alone?

5. What does Scripture teach about hell? Is it compatible with God’s eternal love?

6. Does the Bible support universalism or conditional immortality/annihilationism?

7. What does the Bible teach about rewards in heaven?

8. What are the principal features of the life to come? What differences should belief in it make to (a) daily discipleship, (b) family relationships, (c) church relationships, (d) evangelism, (e) attitudes to society?

Milne, Bruce (2012-11-28). Know the Truth: A Handbook of Christian Belief (p. 370). InterVarsity Press. Kindle Edition.

Scripture Reading, Scripture Memory and Catechism

Please visit emmauscf.org/passages to view a suggested Bible reading plan, suggested scripture memory verse, and Emmaus’ catechism. Once there, please select the appropriate week of the year.

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