The Truth about Hell


Whom did you tell that hell is a real place and those who do not know Jesus Christ are not rescued from it? What was the response? Do you need to do any follow-up? How can the group pray for you? 


“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the 

righteous to eternal life.” 

MATTHEW 25:46 (NIV) 

Listen to the lesson now and take notes in your outline on pages 20–26. (available as a free download at

How to Use This Curriculum 

Follow these simple steps for a successful small group meeting: 

  • Open your group meeting by using the CHECKING IN sections of your study. 
  • Have someone read the KEY VERSE aloud and spend a few quiet moments meditating on it. 
  • Listen to the audio lesson together while following the material and filling in the blanks in the AUDIO LESSON section 
  • Spend some time answering the DISCUSSION QUESTIONS. Be sure to review the LIVING ON PURPOSE section to help you implement the lessons into your daily life. Commit to fulfilling any assignments before your next lesson. 
  • Close your time together by following the PRAYER DIRECTION suggestions. 
  • The study guide material is meant to be your servant, not your master. The point
     is not to race through the sessions, but to take time to let God work in your lives. It is not necessary to “go around the circle” before you move on to the next question. Give people the freedom to speak, but don’t insist on it or make it mandatory. Your group will enjoy deeper, more open sharing and discussion if people don’t feel pressured to speak up. 

Understanding Your Study Guide 


You will open each meeting with an opportunity for everyone to check in with each other about how you are doing with the weekly assignments. Accountability is a key to success in this study! 


Each week you will find a key verse or Scripture passage for your group to read together. If someone in the group has a different translation, ask them to read it aloud so the group can get a bigger picture of the meaning of the passage. 


There is a audio lesson for the group to listen together each week. Take notes in the lesson outlines as you listen to the audio, and be sure to refer back to these notes during your discussion time. 


Each audio lesson is complemented by questions for group discussion. Please don’t feel pressured to discuss every single question. The material in this study is meant to be your servant, not your master, so there is no reason to rush through the answers. Give everyone ample opportunity to share their thoughts. If you don’t get through all of the discovery questions, that’s okay. Each discussion question section ends with a Did You Get It? and Share with Someone prompt that will help you focus back on the big picture of the lesson. 


James 1:22 (NCV) says, 

Do what God’s teaching says; when you only listen and do nothing, you are fooling yourselves. 


In his book, The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren identifies God’s five purposes
for our lives. They are worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism. We will focus on one or two of these five purposes in each lesson and discuss how it relates to the subject of the study. This section is very important, so please be sure to leave time for it. 


At the end of each session, you will find suggestions for your group prayer time. Praying together is one of the greatest privileges of small group life. Please don’t take it for granted. 

Get ready for God to do incredible things in your life as you begin the adventure of learning more deeply about the most exciting message in the world: the truth about God! 

— Tom Holladay and Kay Warren 

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