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Lesson: Things that Last Forever

Things That Last Forever B-Group Lesson

Icebreaker

What is the oldest heirloom in your family?

Prayer

Lord, Your Word says, “If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord—and he will repay you!” (Proverbs 19:17 NLT). Help us to be generous people.

Key Scripture

1 Corinthians 3:12–15 NLT: “Anyone who builds on that foundation [Christ] may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.”

The Big Idea

We are only temporary residents down here on earth. Our lives, our bodies, and our opportunities are only temporal. The things that last forever are similar to the lesson shared in the story of the three little pigs. One pig built with hay, and one built with sticks, but only one built his house to last.

Consider the amount of stuff that tries to penetrate our atmosphere and reach earth. For example, 99.9 percent of space debris and meteorites burn up as they enter our atmosphere. The few pieces that do enter are usually no bigger than a grain of sand. Think of that analogy as the filter for everything we do that makes it into eternity. The Bible says the things that God didn’t author will burn up like hay and stubble. Let’s talk about what lasts forever.

Discussion

Have you ever seen a shooting star? Did you consider the unlikely probability for it to make it through our atmosphere? What are some things you have done that will have lasting importance and be part of your eternal reward?

Discussion

Now consider the things you have done that may possibly burn up as hay and stubble. What could you do to have more of the former and less of the latter?

Souls last forever.

You can become a witness and pray for souls to be saved. You can give to see souls won. Daniel 12:3 (NLT) says, “Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever. Jesus said, “The harvesters are paid good wages” (John 4:36 NLT), referring to the eternal reward for soul winning.

Discussion

Will anyone come up to you in heaven and thank you for helping lead them to Christ? What is one thing you could do to increase that likelihood? Share with the group.

Pure motives last forever.

In eternity, it’s as much about the why as the what. We should never do anything to receive praise from other people. We should never do anything to achieve a higher position or out of obligation. Pure motives to give will be celebrated in heaven!

1 Corinthians 4:5 (NLT) says, “So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.”

Discussion

Have you ever felt the Holy Spirit’s correction regarding a wrong motive? How did you respond?

Discussion

What do you imagine eternal rewards will look like? Could they be part of our glorified bodies? Could they be reflected in our responsibilities of ruling and reigning? Discuss.

Application

Start thinking about forever. Build your life so that you will reap a reward that makes it into heaven. Souls, faith, and love last forever. Wrong motives bring no reward.

Action Point

Souls last forever, but we can witness only in the here and now. Up your game in 2019. Pray for souls to be saved. When you give, give to see souls won.

For You, the Leader

  1. Instruct group members to do the following:
    • Pray for and touch base with another member before next week.
    • Invite someone to the group next week and/or to attend a church service with you.
    • Encourage someone this week.
  2. Remind the group about outreach. Find out which outreach will be taking place in the zip code closest to your group and participate. One of the greatest joys of life in Christ is serving others!
  3. What is the next step for each member of your group? Whether it is water baptism, Cultivate, or A-Team/B-Group leadership, encourage them in it. Also encourage all members to read their Bible and pray daily.
  4. Close in prayer, asking for any specific prayer requests.
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