15. NAME IN HEAVEN (Luke 10:17-20)

BACKGROUND: For background information, read vs.1 and 9. This text is speaking about the crucial moment in the revival of Galilee - which course would it take? As for question 9.1 look at Gen.3:15.
  1. What do you think would happen if the people in our churches had the same power as these 70 had?
    • Why did these 70 report only one aspect of their ministry to Jesus?
  2. Why do people usually enjoy having power and authority?
    • When his disciples rejoiced about their success, why didn't Jesus rejoice with them?
  3. What is the difference between the joy about one's ministry and the joy about one's name being written in heaven?
    • Why is it easier to rejoice about things on earth than about things in heaven?
  4. What does the disciple preach whose joy is in his power to drive out demons?
    • What does the disciple preach whose joy is in his name having been written in heaven?
  5. What should happen in order that we might learn to rejoice about our names having been written in heaven?
  6. When and how can our names be written in heaven?
  7. When and where have you heard such things happen which are described in verse 19?
    • In what situation could you muster the courage to trample on snakes and scorpions?
  8. Why cannot anything or anybody harm the disciples of Jesus (vs.19)?
    • What do you fear will harm you or your loved ones?
    • According to this text, what are the things we don't need to fear?
    • What are the things that we should fear?
  9. Even though many of Jesus' disciples died as martyrs, in what sense is it true that they overcame all the power of the enemy?
    • Why was the old serpent (the Devil) allowed to strike the heel of Jesus on the cross?
  10. What does this text say to us concerning our ministry?
    • What does this text say about "power evangelism"? (If you don't know the term, you can skip the question.)

GLAD TIDINGS: The Bible tells us the fate of those whose names are not written in the book of life in heaven: "If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire" (Rev.20:15). Because Jesus didn't want it to happen to us he prayed as Moses did: "Please, forgive their sin - but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written" (Ex.32:32).

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