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ALL THINGS NEW

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All Things New
Sermon Discussion

For our first sermon of 2018 Duane hopped over to Revelation 21 to share some thoughts about this verse that had been on his heart for much of 2017 and provides great vision as we start a new year.

As we ended 2017 and began this new year, what do you find yourself most looking forward to in 2018?

Let's read the passage:


Revelation 21:1-8
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”


5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”


Was there any ideas, phrases or pictures in that passage that really jumped out to you?

The passage from very end of the Bible makes the promise that God in the future will make all things new. Duane had 3 things he wanted to address with this passage:

God Things
Broken Things
New Things

GOD THINGS

We first took a step back to acknowledge that all things are created and ruled over by God. And God has a mind blowing sovereignty over the world. He created it all, is not subject to time, and is not subject to the death and decay that ruin lives and things here on earth. The idea of anything becoming "new" again is absolutely impossible without God's help.

Why do you think we as humans want "new" things?

What is God promising here? Just new material possessions?

Duane pointed out that the "New" we need isn't a happening or a circumstance, it's a quality of life which we receive when we know that God is King over all?

What's an example of a happening or circumstance that you may be putting your hope in right now?
How does that knowing that God is King make things "new"?


BROKEN THINGS

God is going to make all things new, not just because they've gotten old and outdated, but because we've broken them with our sin. We now have to deal with tears, death, mourning and pain. Things that were not part of the world when announced it as "good." Broken things that affect everyone.


Psalm 147:3 and Isaiah 63:1-3 paint a picture of God as one who binds up wounds and verse 3 and 4 in our passage say that He comes down from His throne to wipe away our tears.

What do we learn about our relationship with God from these descriptions?

God is making all things new and He tells us here in His word so that we will look forward to it. In Phillipians 3:13-14 the Apostle Paul tells us “One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus"

Why do you think we're told to stop looking back?

What are some things you have behind you that you can't stop looking back at?

NEW THINGS

Duane then went on to explain what it means to make things new. That God isn't offering to make new things for us, but to make all things new. Physical things for sure, but also relational things. In verse 3 and 6 of the passage we see God dwelling with us and satisfying our thirst.


What kind of thirst do you think the passage is talking about?

God promises us the thirsty that He will take care of that without any payment, we just need to go to him. Pastor Duane ended with a verse from Romans 6:4 “Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”

As we seek to have a future orientation, where we look ahead, what are some things you look forward to being made new?

PRAY

Pray with your group that we would be able to confess and bring God our broken things and look forward to the new things He has promised us.