End of the Year Roundup

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Kingdom Keys

This year’s Lock-In focused on Kingdom Keys. The things that unlock the Kingdom of Heaven and give us access here on Earth.

Salvation
Romans 10:9-10
-Yeah, it’s simple but it’s not always easy for people to do.

Righteousness
Romans 3:22-26
-Jesus righteousness makes us heirs to the Kingdom of Heaven. Kingdom Kids get keys.

Authority through Salvation
Ephesians 1:17-22 (AMP)

Matthew 16:19
-We have keys to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. We can unlock doors and experience God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit in a real and meaningful way. These keys are a symbol of authority that we are children of King Jesus.

Romans 8:37-39
-Nothing can stop God’s love for us. Our salvation through Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross means that our purpose is sealed and protected. We will be and can be victorious over all the schemes and plans of Satan.

The End (of the Bible) Is Near!

Revelation Happenings

Revelation 1:9-18

Theme: Hope in Times of Suffering
Subtopics: God, End Times, Authority, Sharing Your Faith, Justice

Mixing It Up

Here are three other stories with similar “weirdness” or that touch on the theme and other topics we discussed.

Daniel 7
Daniel’s vision of the end of the world

Mark 13
Jesus’ warning about the end of the world

Ezekiel 1
Ezekiel’s vision of heaven

Isaiah 6
Isaiah’s vision of heaven

Zechariah
God’s symbolic message of judgment

The Gel…

Think about the reasons you have for hope or things for which you are thankful. Tell God. He is worthy of our praise.

Follow up questions

  • What do you think of John’s view of God in heaven?
  • Why is it important to know that God is stronger than the kings of this world?
  • What kind of justice can we hope for when we believe in God?
  • When is it OK to be like Daniel, even if it means disobedience?
  • How does the discussion of John day and age change the way you think about the book of Revelation?
  • How do you think John audience responded to his letter?
  • How has Jesus comforted you in your own times of need or suffering?
  • How might God use you to encourage other when they hurt?
  • Who in the world today might be going through the same kinds of things as John’s audience back then?
  • How will you actually reach out to help others find hope?

Walls, Schmalls, Jesus Can Do It All

Jesus Walks Through Walls

John 20:1-31

Theme: Eternal Life
Subtopics: Fear, Death, God’s Power, Disciples, Following Jesus, Faith, Doubt

Mixing It Up

Here are three other stories with similar “weirdness” or that touch on the theme and other topics we discussed.

Exodus 7-8
God’s power trumps Pharoah’s wise guys

2 Kings 2:1-17
Elijah disappears for good

John 11:1-45
Jesus raises Lazarus

The Gel…

Romans 8:38-39

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Make a list of examples of God’s power this week and try to add at least three things to the list each day.

Follow up questions

  • Why do you think Mary was concerned that someone took Jesus’ body? How would that have affected the Christian faith?
  • What was John’s response when he entered the tomb? If John believed, why do you think Mary was still crying?
  • When did Mary recognize Jesus? Why do you think it took that long?
  • Why do you think the disciples were afraid of the Jewish leaders?
  • What’s the most unbelievable thing you’ve ever seen someone do? How does that compare with what Jesus does in John 20?
  • Why do you think Jesus says to His followers, “Peace be with you”? How can we have peace when it comes to our death? to the idea of eternal life?
  • What do you think about Thomas’ reaction to his friends’ claims to have seen Jesus: understandable, or faithless? Explain your position.
  • What’s your reaction to the idea of death? What impact does God’s plan for eternal life have on you?
  • What difference does it make to your life that Jesus rose from the dead? that Jesus is God?
  • How can your friends encourage your relationship in Jesus? How will you encourage your friends’ and family members’ relationship with Jesus?

Blind-Sight-ed

Jesus Uses Mud to Heal

John 9:1-41

Theme: God’s Healing Touch
Subtopics: God’s Plans, Sight, Pharisees, Family, Jesus, Patience, Hope

Mixing It Up

Here are three other stories with similar “weirdness” or that touch on the theme and other topics we discussed.

Exodus 4:1-9
God shows His power

Ezekiel 37:1-14
God brings life to dead bones

2 Kings 5:1-27
An army commander finds healing in a river

The Gel…

 

In your prayer time, practice giving over your hurts (big or small) to God every night. Trust in His healing power, both outwardly and inwardly.

Follow up questions

  • The disciples thought disability was a result of sin. What’s your take on this? What might God think of this idea?
  • In this story, Jesus said we must quickly carry out the tasks God has given us. What tasks do you think God intends you to do?
  • Why is Jesus’ healing sometimes uncomfortable? How can you explain what seems to be a paradox?
  • What do you think Jesus means that He is the light of the world? How would you explain this to someone else?
  • Why do you think it was so hard for people to accept that Jesus healed The Blind Man?
  • To which character in this story do you most relate? Why?
  • In what ways were the Pharisees actually the “blind” characters?
  • Has God ever pointed out a spiritual blind spot in your life? If so, how? What was that experience like?
  • What might Jesus’ plan to heal you include? How will you respond?