This week we will finish our I can Only Imagine series. As with previous weeks, we’ll watch a short video, read though a passage from the gospels, and discuss an important theme. This week we’re focusing on what it means to return home to God.
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Now, before we begin with the scripture and video, lets start with an easy question.
We all experience “Home” in different ways. What does “Home” mean to you? Is it a place, a feeling, a relationship, or a combination of things?
We’ll read an account from Jesus’ life and engage with the video teaching. As you read or hear the bible study aloud, use your imagination to put yourself into the story. John 14:1–4 / John 14:18 / John 14:230
Watch video at https://youtu.be/pyJBzKCvJrk
Let’s start with a few questions about the video, and then add some questions from the passage.
When Bart was struggling to find the words for one last song, he came back to the words, “I can only Imagine”.
Have you ever had a word, phrase, or scripture verse stay with you in a significant way? Why did it have such an influence on you?
Think about the incredible stories of lives changed by Bart’s song. Now do these stories encourage you? What do the stories tell you, not about the song, but about the God who changes hearts and lives?
Can you recall a time when you longed for home in your life?
In John 14, Jesus said that he has come to bring us home. We have an eternal father, we have brothers and sisters in the Church, and we will feast at the table of God forever.
How does this passage change the way you think about Home and Heaven – and all your longings for a safe and never-ending place of love and acceptance?
Bart points out that once we are joined to Christ, our eternal life has already begun.
How does this reality give you hope in your current challenges, trials, and struggles?
Bart says, “Deep down, we want to believe there is something more” than just death. How have you sensed that throughout life? How does your faith in heaven and eternal life change the way you think, relate, and live here and now?
What is the hope of heaven? How would you define it?
“Home is not just a space; it’s a place. Home is where our heart is, where we find meaning, where we are known, where we are safe, where we belong”.
Write one memory from the following stages of your life best represents home?
Ages 6 – 11 Ages 12 – 15 Ages 16 – 18
Jesus has invited you home to a loving father, to forgiveness, and to redemption. How does this invitation speak to you today? When you think about a seat at the table of our Father’s house, how are you strengthened and reassures for all you will face today? Luke 10:40–42
Jesus has invited you into His home, in the presence of the King, what is the one thing you need? What does it look like to let Jesus be your home?
How have you experienced homesickness in your life? How are you currently feeling it?
How often do you think about death? How do you feel about it? How does it reorient your thoughts and feelings that Jesus speaks to you: whoever believes in me will live – even though you die?
What aspect of Bart’s story connects most deeply with your own story? What part of his happy ending do you long to experience?
- What was the most significant thing you learned about God this week?
- What have you learned about yourself this week?
- What was the most significant thing you learned about the Christian life this week?
- What does it look like to change your focus or direction of your life around the reality of God and his love for you?
- What would your life look like if you fully believed everything you read about God’s Fatherly love for you?
- How might your life be different after a transformative experience with God? If you haven’t had a transformative experience, describe what might be holding you back.
Recall how you lived before your redemption and the way he has changed your heart. Thank Him from your heart for sending Jesus Christ to live, die, and rise again in your place – so that you can be with him for all eternity. In this letter, describe the home that you long for in Him.
Bible reading assignment Hebrews Chapters 8 – 13.
As a final reflection, consider these words from Romans 11:33-36 and experience the fullness of His riches in your life.
Rest in Jesus. Explore the depths of his wisdom and knowledge. Follow Him wherever He leads you.
Here’s a challenge: Take a season to pray, listen, and act. Ask God to show you His immeasurable goodness and glory, and move forward with a brighter, more steadfast faith.
As you have progressed through the last four weeks of this study, you probably experienced a range of emotions, questions, convictions, and hopes. And now, as you return to your normal life, what will you do next?
Ask Him to transform the memory of home for you and imagine – in your own written words – what it will be like to spend eternity by His side, with his face before you.
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