SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHING – SUNDAY 10TH AUGUST, 2014

RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL: August 10, 2014

HEAVEN

MEMORY VERSE: “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens,” – 2 Corinthians 5:1
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BIBLE PASSAGE: REVELATIONS 21:1-18

INTRODUCTION

God created Heaven in the beginning, (Genesis 1:1). When or how long ago, is a mystery hidden from man. Heaven is eternal (2 Corinthians 5:1) and it is a prepared place for a prepared people (John 14:2). Are you one of them?

OUTLINES

1. WHAT IS HEAVEN?
2. HOW BIG IS HEAVEN?
3. WHAT IS HEAVEN LIKE?
4. WHO ARE THE INHABITANTS OF HEAVEN?

WHAT IS HEAVEN?

Heaven is the home of the Lord God (Matthew 6:9), The Bible speaks of three heavens (2 Corinthians 12:2). The first heaven is the area where birds fly. The second heaven is where the rockets go. The third Heaven is the home or throne of the Lord God. Heaven is a building of God and not man-made (2 Corinthians 5:1). It has been called the Kingdom of God and of Christ (Ephesians 5:5). Surely, it is the Father’s House (John 14:2). It is a place of rest (Hebrews 4:9).

HOW BIG IS HEAVEN?

Heaven cannot be measured (Jeremiah 31 :37). Some people have erroneously considered the New Jerusalem mentioned in this lesson’s Bible passage as Heaven (Revelations 1:1). Nevertheless, the New Jerusalem is not Heaven. It is a part of Heaven and not Heaven itself because the New Jerusalem comes out “from” Heaven (Revelations 21:2,10). Though Heaven is immeasurable, still it is for the limited few who are holy and pure and the mansions there, though many, are limited, That is why the Lord has to go to prepare a place for us. Therefore, it is a very wise thing to reserve your mansion today, This you can do by surrendering totally to the Lord.

WHAT IS HEAVEN LIKE?

Heaven is a high place (Isaiah 57:15), a holy place (Psalm 20:6), a happy place (Revelath:ms 7:17), a place without death, tears, sorrow, crying or pain (Revelations 21:4). Heaven is a place without night or darkness (Revelations 22:3.5), a place without hunger, thirst or excessive heat or cold (Revelations 7:16), Heaven is a place of perfect satisfaction (Revelations 22:1-2). There is a pure river of water of life and a tree with twelve kinds of fruits there. It is a place of perfect leisure and comfort. Heaven is a place of perfect provision, with the leaves of the trees for the healing of the nations, with everything good and gloriously provided. It is also a place of perfect righteousness, with no more curses (Revelations 22:3), a place of perfect government, ruled by God, the just One and the Lamb. it is a place of perfect communion (Revelations 22.4), where we shall behold His face and His Name shall be on our foreheads. Heaven is a place of perfect glory (Revelations 22:5). No artificial light there, Everything is just glorious and together we shall reign forever and ever, Are you one of us?

WHO ARE THE INHABITANTS OF HEAVEN?

Let us start by listing those who can NEVER be there,
(a) The devil will never enter there (Revelations 20: 10).
(b) Thieves will never enter there (Luke 12:33),
(c) Liars, whoremongers and the fearful will not enter (Rev. 21:8).
(d) Anyone in whose life is found works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21).

The following are already there:
(a) God the Father (Matthew 6:9).
(b) Jesus Christ our Lord (Acts 3:20-21)
(c) Enoch and Elijah (Genesis 5:24, Matthew 17:3),
(d) Moses (Matthew 17:3) .
(e) All those who have died trusting in Jesus (1 Thessalonians 4:14).
(f) Angels (Matthew 18:10),

CONCLUSION

Will you be there too? Do you want to go to Heaven? Have you prepared? An unbeliever will be very uncomfortable in Heaven because of its holiness. Are you holy? Are you willing to be holy? Pray.

Questions

1. What is the third heaven?
2. How big is Heaven?
3. What type of place is it?
4. Who will not get there?

Blessed Week with the Holy Spirit

MONDAY: Luke 10:20 – Christians should rejoice because their names are written in Heaven.
TUESDAY: John 14:2-3 – Jesus promised a heavenly home for His followers. Claim yours.
WEDNESDAY: Colossians 1:27 – Paul referred to the hope of heaven as the hope of glory.
THURSDAY: 2 Corinthians 5:5 – The Holy Spirit is the pledge of the believer’s participation in Heaven.
FRIDAY: Matthew 26:29 – Jesus spoke of heavenly life as a time of joy, celebration, and fellowship with God. Will you be there?
SATURDAY: Psalm 89:29 – Heaven stands as a symbol of power and unchanging, enduring existence.
SUNDAY: Deuteronomy 26:15 – Heaven is the divine workplace, where God sends blessings to His people. Expect yours today.

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