How did we see God move this week as we tried to live out the Spirit’s leading? What challenges did we encounter? What victories can we celebrate?

Rev 21:1-8 ESV: 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.”

Recall from Sunday:

Revelation 21:1-4 – The picture of the end brings hope of redemption…

Revelation 21:5-6a – …which God brings about even today…

Revelation 21:6b-8 – …so we conquer with purpose

Reflect: What sticks out to you personally from the passage?

What impacted you on a personal level from Sunday’s sermon?

Revelation 21 is a bright picture of hope for those who trust Jesus. Is the hope of new creation something you think about often? Has it ever impacted your life? How might the hope of new creation impact the way you process your troubles today?

The new creation is promised “to the one who conquers”. How does a Christian “conquer”? What in this passage could help you to “conquer” in that way?

In our calling to participate in multiplying image bearers of God, we help bring this hope of new creation into other people’s lives. Is there someone in your life suffering from a lack of hope, who can’t see the way out of their situation? How could you encourage them with the hope they could receive from God?

Is your group struggling with a sense of hopelessness in their challenges? Listen to the Spirit together to discern how you can encourage each other and be God’s hands in each other’s lives, where he wipes away every tear. Determine concrete ways you can help each other cling to hope in God this week.

Do your group members hearts’ ache for people they know who are living without hope? How can your group encourage those people this week? Listen for how the Spirit may be leading you to be his hands in their lives to help in their situation.