In Heaven: The Worthy One

Intro / Review:

Who is Worthy?

  1. The Worthy One is Sought one. (Rev 5:2-4)
  2. 1 John 5:19 - We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

    2 Corinthians 4:4In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

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  1. The Worthy One is Found. (Rev 5:5-7)
  2. The Worthy One is Worshipped. (Rev 5:8-14)
  3. Review: Ps 148:7-10 | Ps 150:6 | Psalm 68:1-4

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Small Group Discussion
Read Revelation 5

GROUP

  1. Explain why John wept (Rev 5:4). Specifically, what evils on earth are YOU wanting to see eliminated?

  2. Why do you think God the Father (on the throne) didn’t just open the scroll? Why did it have to be the Lamb (Jesus)?

  3. What as-of-yet-unanswered prayer of yours will you see - for sure - answered in heaven?

BREAKOUT

Pray for one another!

In Heaven: The Worshiped One

Intro / Review:

The Throne and the Worship.

  1. On the Throne: The Worshiped one. (Rev 4:2-3)
  2. Around the Throne: The Worshipers. (Rev 4:4-7)
    1. 24 elders
    2. 4 living creatures
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  1. Torwards the Throne: The Worship. (Rev 4:8-11)

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Small Group Discussion
Read Revelation 4

GROUP

  1. Of this description of heaven, what surprised you or stuck out to you the most?

  2. How would you respond to someone who says, “I really don’t care for the music part of church, I just come for the sermon.”?

    Don’t give a “Sunday School answer - what would you really say to such a person?

  3. List the reasons God is praised from verses 8-11. Which one of these fires you up the most? Why?

  4. Why is “creation” a subject included in worship in heaven? What does that say about how we should view the doctrine of creation?

BREAKOUT

Pray for one another to grow as worshipers - on earth as it is in heaven!

To the Lukewarm Church: Come to Christ!

Intro / Review:

Progress Report: Laodicea. (Rev 3:14-22):

  1. The CRITICISM. Your lukewarmness makes Jesus Spew. (Rev 3:15-17)
  2. The COMMAND. Go after what Jesus Offers! (Rev 3:18-20)
  3. The CALL. Be Seated with Jesus. (Rev 3:21-22)
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Small Group Discussion
Read Revelation 3:14-22

GROUP

  1. Do you think Jesus was addressing SAVED or UNSAVED people in Laodicea? Defend your answer!

  2. How does Rev 3:17 describe the American church? Explain.

  3. Why is Jesus so “hard” with the way He speaks to this church? How is He being loving and gracious (Rev 3:18-19)?

BREAKOUT

Are you, or have you been acting, lukewarm? This is your wake-up call. What’s your plan to repent (Rev 3:19)? Pray for one another!

To the Faithful Church: Keep Holding On!

Intro / Review:

Progress Report: Philadelphia. (Rev 3:7-13):

  1. The COMMENDATION: Your Faithfulness brings security. (Rev 3:8-10)
  2. RAPTURE 101

    What is the Rapture? - The rapture is the future event when Jesus Christ descends from heaven to gather his people, those who died and those living, to be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air, to receive their glorified bodies and be kept from the 7 year Tribulation on the earth.

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3 New Testament passages teach the Rapture:

John 14:1-4, 1 Cor 15:51-54, 1 Thes 4:13-5:11

  • The Rapture is NOT the "Second Coming".
  • When is the Rapture?
  • Why I Believe in a Pre-Tribulation Rapture:
  1. It's the most Straightfoward understanding of the biblical language.

    1 Thes 5:9 - For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ...

  2. We never see the Church in the tribulation in Revelation!
  3. Many of the common arguments against pre-trib rapture don't have Substance.
  1. The COMMAND. Hold on Securely. (Rev 3:11)
  2. The CALL. Security is for Eternity ! (Rev 3:12-13)

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Small Group Discussion
Read Revelation 3:7-13

GROUP

  1. What is the Rapture? What reasons were given in the message for a “Pre-Tribulation” Rapture?

  2. How is the Rapture different from the Second Coming? Compare 1 Thes 4:16-17 and Rev 19:14.

  3. How are trials and hardships good for your faith? Be specific!?

BREAKOUT

Pray for one another!

To The Dead Church: Wake Up

Intro / Review:

Progress Report: Sardis (Rev 3:1-6):

  1. The CRITICISM. Wake up! Because you're Dying, not thriving. (Rev 3:1-2)
    1. Live in the past
    2. Come to get not give
    3. Compromise on doctrine
    4. Ignore doctrine completely
    5. Have no accountability or challenge to grow
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  1. The COMMAND. Stay woke! Because the Lord is Coming. (Rev 3:3)
  2. The CALL. Walke in white! Because you Belong to Christ! (Rev 3:4-6)

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Small Group Discussion
Read Revelation 3:1-6

GROUP

  1. Have you ever attended / visited a “dead” church? What made you think it was dead? Describe it (no names, please!).

  2. What did Jesus mean by “incomplete works” (Rev 3:2)? How do you evaluate works that are “complete”?

  3. Specifically: how can a few believers in a dead church help wake the rest up (Rev 3:2-3)?

BREAKOUT

Pray for one another!