If you want to gain an eternal perspective, you must see yourself as a pilgrim, understand that life is a vapor, hold no confidence in human promises, realize that your life is in transition, and take inventory of your life.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What is one thing about this message that was particularly helpful, challenging, or encouraging for you?
- What does it mean to have an eternal perspective? How do we attain this? Why does it matter?
- Read and discuss Genesis 46. What stands out to you in this chapter? As you think back their lives, why might the reunion between Jacob and Joseph be particularly significant?
- Reflect on Psalm 90:12. Why is “numbering our days” not a discouragement for the follower of Jesus? How does the world attempt to keep us from reflecting on the brevity of life? What are the effects of this?
- Discuss this statement: “Materialism and entertainment are the greatest deterrents of contentment in the Lord.” Have you found this to be true? Why or why not? What grip can entertainment and material possessions have on us? How can we avoid being trapped by these things?
- Why is it important to see ourselves as pilgrims or sojourners?
- In what ways can we have “confidence in the flesh”? How do you tend to struggle with this? How does the gospel provide a way out?
- Read and discuss Revelation 21:1-4. What strikes you about this description of the coming kingdom of God? How should this impact how we live now?
- Discuss this statement: “Our joy is meeting Jesus face to face and enjoying Him forever.” What’s keeping you from that now?
- Spend some time in prayer over the things you’ve discussed. Give thanks to the Lord for His eternal provision in Jesus Christ. Ask Him to help you live from an eternal perspective.