19 March

Bible Studies on Revelation and Christian Hope

For Christians, the book of Revelation in the Bible holds the key to understanding the hope of Heaven and the promise of a glorious eternity with our Lord. This biblical text, the final chapter of God’s Word, serves as a beacon of hope in the darkest of times. It provides us with a vision of what awaits us as believers, a glimpse into the heavenly realm, and a reminder of the eternal promises that God has prepared for those who love Him.

If you haven’t studied Revelation before, we invite you to start today. Revelation doesn’t have to be intimidating or scary! Each chapter offers a unique perspective on our heavenly hope, reinforcing our faith, and assuring us that, despite the tumultuous world we live in, God’s ultimate plan is one of restoration, redemption, and eternal joy— where every tear will be wiped away, and death will be no more.

You will be inspired, encouraged, and filled with anticipation with these exciting video Bible studies available from HarperChristian Resources.

1. All Things New– John Eldredge

All Things New Study Guide: Heaven, Earth, and the Restoration of Everything you Love

Most Christians miss the ultimate hope for their future because their views of heaven are vague, religious . . . and, frankly, boring. Hope begins when we understand that for the believer, nothing is lost. Heaven is not an endless life of harp strumming and worship singing in the clouds. Rather, the life we long for – the paradise Adam and Eve knew – is precisely the life that is coming to us. And that life is coming soon.

In this five-session study, John Eldredge explores the revolutionary idea that according to the Bible, heaven is not our eternal home – the New Earth is. Jesus said the next chapter of our story begins with “the renewal of all things” (Matthew 19:28), by which he meant the earth we love, ourselves, and all the things that make for a rich life: music, art, food, and laughter. God’s promise is that everything shall be renewed “when the world is made new.”

Here’s a taste of what All Things New is all about:

For more on All Things New by John Eldredge, click here

2. Revelation: Extravagant Hope – Margaret Feinberg

Revelation Bible Study Guide plus Streaming Video: Extravagant Hope

Have you ever heard someone say they are afraid of the book of Revelation? Or perhaps without knowing, simply described the book in a negative or challenging way?

Nothing could be more incorrect as the entire book is a descriptive and poignant expression of what John was blessed to see that each of us longs to know—a place, an end, an eternity that is promised and is the very definition of hope, extravagant hope.

As a part of the Beautiful Word Bible Study Series, Bible teacher and author Margaret Feinberg digs into the book of Revelation and the letters to the churches found there. She takes complex and sometimes illusive content and leads us on a journey where we come to realize everything we have hoped for is there, on the pages, waiting for us. Margaret connects beautiful words to this final book of the Bible inspiring women to forever be reminded of the one thing we all long for—extravagant hope.

Watch this clip from Margaret’s study on Revelation:

For more on Revelation: Extravagant Hope by Margaret Feinberg, click here

3. Revelation: Witness and Worship in the World – Scot McKnight

Revelation Bible Study

Revelation  is  a  wake-up  call,  not  a  blueprint  for  the  final  apocalypse.  John spotlights corrupt human politics while unveiling the coming of the true King, Jesus Christ. Followers of Christ are shown as witnesses to the coming King and worshipers of the Lamb of God.

In this volume of the New Testament Everyday Bible Study series, Scot McKnight boldly tackles political issues, transcending party lines to expose the danger of equating America with God’s kingdom. Revelation unveils sins that beset first century  Christians  and  still  beset  us  today:  idolatry,  immorality,  and  injustice.  Fortunately, the book also provides us imaginative visions of how followers of Jesus are to live when surrounded by these timeless sins.

John tells readers that we are blessed by God if we listen, learn, and follow the words of Jesus, worshiping God alongside the hosts of heaven. Be empowered to courageously dissent against corrupt powers and shine a light in a world of darkness.

Look Inside the first lessons of Revelation:

For more on Revelation and the New Testament Everyday Bible Study Series by Scot McKnight, click here

4. Surprised by Hope – N.T. Wright

Surprised by Hope Bible Study Participant's Guide: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church

Many Christians believe our future in heaven is all that really matters. But that’s not what the Bible teaches. In this six-session small group Bible study, premier Bible scholar N. T. Wright brings you inside the Scriptures to grasp the full, breathtaking hope Jesus offers the world, and its impact on your life today.

Gain an exciting new vision for your life on earth in light of your future in heaven. Wonderful as is the promise of heaven, a glorious hereafter is just part of what salvation is about.

What about today? Jesus called his followers the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Your life here and now is of tremendous consequence, and what you believe about the future has a direct impact on how you live in the present.

Surprised by Hope provides a clearer vision both of the future and of God’s kingdom at hand today.

Watch this clip from Surprised by Hope from N.T. Wright:

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5. The Case for Heaven (and Hell) – Lee Strobel

The Case for Heaven (and Hell) Bible Study Guide plus Streaming Video: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for Life After Death

Does evidence for an afterlife actually exist? Each of us wants to know what awaits on the other side of death. Is there any convincing proof that we will live on in eternity? If so, what will our experience be like?

In this five-session Bible study, Lee Strobel investigates the evidence for the existence of heaven and hell. Strobel offers compelling answers for questions such as:

  • How can we know there is an afterlife?
  • What will heaven be like?
  • Does God really send people to hell?
  • Will we have the same personality after we die?
  • What does it mean to live with an eye on eternity?

Along the way, you will encounter explorations of such topics as angels, Satan, demons, and the exclusivity claims of Christ. In addition, you’ll receive a unique perspective from Lee based on his own experience of nearly dying several years ago. Follow Strobel on this journey of discovery of the entirely credible, believable, and exhilarating life to come.

Watch the promo from Lee on The Case for Heaven (and Hell):

For more on The Case for Heaven (and Hell) by Lee Strobel, click here

BONUS: The Overcomers – Matt Chandler

The Overcomers Bible Study Guide plus Streaming Video: A Bible Study in the Book of Revelation

In The Overcomers Bible study, pastor Matt Chandler takes you through each chapter in Revelation, revealing how it is not just about future events but also has practical relevance for your life right now. You are a part of a spiritual family that has helped to bring about God’s purposes over the centuries! As a member of the church that carries on that mission today, you are an Overcomer—a believer who is propelled by scriptural truths and empowered by the work of Jesus.  

Jesus is on His throne today and has secured the victory over the enemy. You can enter His presence and draw on that authority. For you are an Overcomer! 

Watch the promo from Matt on The Overcomers:

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