The Glory of Christ

Intro / Review:

who, what, where, when, why, and how

who, where, why, how, when, what

(Rev 1:9)

  • Who:
  • Where:
  • Why:

(Rev 1:10-11)

  • How:
  • When:
  • What:
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The Glory of Christ (Revelation 1:9-20):

  1. Christ is Present in His Church (Rev 1:12-13a)
  2. Christ is Priest of His Church (Rev 1:13b)
  3. Christ is Powerful in His Church (Rev 1:14-16)
  4. Christ is Protector in His Church (Rev 1:16-20)

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Small Group Discussion

Read Revelation 1:9-20

  1. Jesus is in the midst of His church (Rev 1:13). What does this say about His attitude of the church? What should this say about your attitude of the church?

  2. What does it mean that the church is in Jesus’ right hand (Rev 1:16)? How does this comfort you?

  3. Explain how Rev 1:19 serves as the outline for the whole book of Revelation.

  4. Why do you think Revelation starts with Jesus personally appearing to John? What’s the significance?

  5. (Bonus Question!) What exactly is meant by the “angels of the churches” (Rev 1:20)? Who do you (personally) think this refers to, an actual angel or the pastor? Does this ultimately make a difference in understanding Revelation? Why or why not?


Pray for HBC Pittsburgh North to be in awe of Jesus Christ, trusting His power and for the direction of the church.

The Preview

Interpreting Revelation

  1. Preterist approach
  2. Historicist approach
  3. Idealist approach
  4. Futurist approach
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  1. The Premise. (Revelation 1:1-2)
  2. The Promise. (Revelation 1:3)
  3. The Person. (Revelation 1:4-6)
  4. The Preview. (Revelation 1:7-8)

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Small Group Discussion

Read Revelation 1:1-8

  1. Why do you think many people avoid Revelation (reading it, studying it)? How does Rev 1:3 speak to that?

  2. The Bible is clear we are saved by grace, not works (e.g., Ephesians 2:8-10). So what place does “keep(ing) what is written” have in the life of a Christ follower

  3. Why do you think John starts this writing as he has? Why do you think he gave a recap of the ministry of Jesus (Rev 1:5-6)?


Pray for the Holy Spirit to be our teacher through Revelation this year!

Paul: Zeal.

Introduction / Review:


Def: great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective.

Romans 12:11 - Do not be slothful in zeal...

Romans 9:1-3I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit—that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.

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Exodus 32:32 - But now, if you will forgive their sin—but if not, please blot me out of your book that you have written.

Why I Am Fired Up to Share Christ (2 Cor 5:14-21):

  1. I am Controlled by Jesus' love. (2 Cor 5:14-15)
  2. I see people as Spiritual beings. (2 Cor 5:16-17)
  3. I Represent God to people! (2 Cor 5:18-20)
  4. I have a Life-Changing message! (2 Cor 5:21)

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Small Group Discussion
Read 2 Corinthians 5:14-21

1 - On a scale of 1-10, rate your zeal for Christ (1 = no zeal, 10 = on fire sharing Christ with everyone). How can you score a higher rating?

2 - How do you recognize a “red apple”? How can you start a conversation with them about Jesus Christ?

3 - Explain the Gospel using 2 Cor 5:21. Could you explain that to someone who needs to hear it?


Pray for: zeal, ability to spot “red apples”, and boldness to share Christ!

Peter: Restoration.

How do I prove my love for Jesus? (John 21:15-23)

  1. By Caring for his people. (John 21:15-17)
  2. By being Faithful no matter what. (John 21:18-19)
  3. By refusing to Compare myself to others. (John 21:20-23)
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Small Group Discussion

Read John 21:15-23

1 - Though we know we are forgiven in Christ (those who have received Him!), we do we still struggle with guilt from time to time?

2 - Discuss the usage of the words for “love” in the exchange between Jesus and Peter (John 21:15-17). What is the significance? What kind of love does Jesus call us to? What does that look like?

3 - How do we often compare ourselves to other Christians / churches? Why do we do this? How does Jesus’ statement to Peter (John 21:22) address our desire to compare ourselves with others?


What are YOU doing right now to “love Jesus’ people”? What is He calling you to do? What is keeping you from doing it?

Jesus: Salvation.

Introduction / Review:

John 5:39 - You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me

John 8:24 - I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am (he) you will die in your sins


Wise Up About Wisdom (Colossians 1:15-20)

  1. As God, he is the Creator . (Col 1:15-17)
  2. As God, he is the Authority . (Col 1:18)
  3. As God, he is the Savior . (Col 1:19-20)

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Small Group Discussion

Read Colossians 1:15-20

1 - How would you describe Jesus to someone who has never heard of Him?

2 - If someone thinks Jesus is great - but does NOT believe Jesus is God, can that person be saved? Why or why not? (What about Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses?)

3 - What does this passage teach about creation? Why is creation an important topic when it comes to describing Who Jesus is (ie, why did Paul talk about creation in relation to Jesus)?

4 - In what areas do people struggle in allowing Jesus to have preeminence in their lives? Why?


Pray for one another.