Opening Question: "What are you scared of?" (Spiders, snakes, heights etc.)
6 He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.
7 He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars--their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."
1. Q: What do you find scary about this passage?
A: Individual sins and fiery lake - Elaborate on the sins Cowardliness. Immoral. Lies.
22 Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem.
23 Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?" He said to them,
24 "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.
25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Sir, open the door for us.' "But he will answer, 'I don't know you or where you come from.'
26 "Then you will say, 'We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.'
27 "But he will reply, 'I don't know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!'
2. Q: What do you find scary about this passage?
A: Trying but not entering - high standard - every effort - people will be surprised.
3. Q: What would describe someone trying to win a race?
A: Going training, eating well.
4. Q: What would describe someone making every effort to win a race?
A: Sacrifice, radicalness, total commitment everyday, asking advice
5. Q: Describe someone trying to get to heaven.
A: Going to church, reading Bible etc ...
6. Q: Describe someone making every effort to get to heaven.
A: Reading every day, getting someone in his/her life, sacrificial.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders,
10 and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie
12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
7. Q: What do you find scary (terrifying) about this passage?
A: Counterfeit miracles deceive the perishing.
8. Q: What are they deceived about?
A: Their salvation, righteousness in God's eyes.
9. Q:How can we refuse to love the truth?
A: Not be honest with ourselves, not doing what the Bible asks of us.
10. Q: How do you know if someone enjoys their sin?
A: Doesn't change, says sorry day after day.