We’re now ready for chapter nine in our discussion on my book, Sonshift: Everything Changes in the Father’s Embrace. Today, we’ll be looking at “Heaven Shift.”
I invite you to respond to some or all of these questions. Also, please give additional comments on the chapter that my questions don’t address. My only rules are that you’ve actually read the chapter and that your answers are brief. Okay, here we go!
Chapter Nine: Heaven Shift
This chapter challenges our traditional view of heaven, which in my view, has greatly hindered understanding our identity and mission in Christ, and has also led to a powerless version of Christianity. Many wait for heaven when they die, when heaven lives in us right now, it’s all around us! (Luke 17:21 AMP). Jesus said that we will live under an open heaven (John 1:51), and Paul said that our citizenship is in heaven, from which we wait for a Savior (Phil.3:20). That’s right, we live in two places at once! We’re God’s mobile temple; heaven touches earth through us! (1 Cor.6:19; Eph.2:6)
“Certainly, heaven will come in greater fullness with the physical return of Christ, but when He left, He gave us the Holy Spirit to bring the Kingdom of heaven to the earth like He did.
So the Heaven Shift we need to make is about this change in perspective. In other words, it’s about changing our traditional perspective of living from earth to heaven to one where we’re seeing ourselves living from heaven to earth.” (p.194, Kindle loc.3239)
- What does living “from heaven to earth” look like to you? How is it different than living “from earth to heaven?”
- The author shared an encounter with God where his whole view of heaven and the purpose of the church changed. Have you ever had such an encounter? If so, briefly explain.
- What is the problem with how the popular phrase, “My home is in heaven” is traditionally understood?
- Why do you think seeing “heaven” as our orientation is better than just our destination?
- How might this Heaven Shift change our understanding of “mansions” in John 14?
- Why would it be important to understand that we are “God’s house,” where heaven touches earth through us?
If these questions didn’t address something you think is important, please add it in your comments. If you would like to make any comments offline, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Now, it’s your turn!
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