If you and/or your small group like to take notes, feel free to fill out the following study guide during the video interview. This will also help prepare you for the final exam at the end of the OLOGY series. To distribute this study guide to your small group, you can either:
Discuss these questions before watching the video interview.
1. Describe a situation where you were forced to wait because the timing was out of your hands? How do you react when you are forced to wait?
2. When you think about the end of the world where does your mind go: movie depictions (if so, which ones), the Bible (what do you think of), or other?
3. Based on what you know about the book of Revelation or end-times, if you could ask Jesus one question about it what would you ask?
1. Would you characterize yourself as a person that’s obsessed with Revelation and the end times, not interested, or somewhere in between? Why?
2. As a group read Matthew 24:36-39 and Mark 13:32-33. Why do you think the exact day and time of Christ return is not something God wants us to know?
3. Look at chapters two and three of Revelation. Pick one or two of the churches mentioned. How are they faithful, what is their challenge?
a. What are the implications of their situation in light of Dr. Mathewson’s assertion that the book is written to encourage and warn first century Christians not get too comfortable with Rome or any pagan, idolatrous government?
b. What implications might you draw for our churches today?
4. Revelation, chapter 20 is the only place in Scripture where the Millennium is mentioned.
a. What have you been taught about the millennium: Preterist, pre-millennial, post-millennial, a-millennial, pre-tribulation, post-tribulation, nothing?
b. What’s your comfort level with what Dr. Mathewson’s statement that we should hold these views lightly? Explain.
5. What happens to someone after they die (what have you been taught)?
a. Following are a few verses on that subject. How does their message compare to your expectations?
b. What does it mean when Dr. Mathewson asserts “our final goal is not to get to heaven but to experience a new creation?
6. One of the major questions the book of Revelation asks is “who is worthy of worship – is it Caesar, anyone else or God and lamb only.”
a. In your world, what person, entity, or things would God insert in place of ‘Caesar or anyone else’ if He was asking that question of you?
b. Why is the answer to that question important?
c. Who is “The Lamb?”
7. When Christ returns, God will bring history to its close. Which of the following promises accompanying the return of Jesus do you most look forward to? Explain.
a. The establishment of the new heavens and new earth
b. The consummation of God’s plan for redemption
c. The final judgment
d. The salvation of God’s people
e. The world stripped of the effects of sin:
– No broken relationships
-No dying of cancer or disease
8. Dr. Mathewson talked about having a sensible approach to end-times and Revelation. To not be afraid of it or ignore it.
a. What are some trouble spots that we can avoid when discussing Eschatology?
b. How can we have a sensible approach to the end-times?
1. The study of Eschatology should drive us to worship God, obey Christ, and to sacrifice for our faith, no matter the cost. Where do you see these in evident in your life today?
2. If you knew that Jesus was returning a year from now, how might you live your life differently and why?
a. A month from now?
b. A week from now?
c. A day from now?
3. In light of the new heaven and new earth that is to come, how do we as the church become what Dr. Mathewson called “the foretaste” of that new creation?
If your group would like to prepare for next week’s topic on Missiology (the study of missions), please click below to access the preparatory questions.
You can distribute these questions to your participants by either emailing them the link or you can print and hand out the questions at then of this week’s small group.