Suggested Icebreaker:  What is your favorite kind of seafood?

*** Summarize this week’s message from the Pastor’s Sermon Notes. ***

Passage:  Matthew 13:47-50

1.  Why do you think the Lord has delayed judgment for so long?  What effect does this have on the world, and what will ultimately be the effect on Christ’s Kingdom?

2.  The people of the world are pictured as fish being drawn out of the water in this parable.  What happens to fish when you take them out of water, and how does this relate to the parable?

3.  Why doesn’t God just prove that He exists so that everyone will believe?  What would happen in the long run if He did?

4.  Given the very clear words of Christ in this (and many other) parables, why do you think some churches deny the existence of Hell and eternal judgment?

5.  Application:  As you see God’s net coming to a close and the end of the world approaching, how will you choose to use the time you have left?

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