Are you feeling the pain of being isolated from the world? Are you lonely and maybe even afraid? This Easter series will ignite hope inside of you as we unearth God’s handiwork during our times of isolation.
This week we continue in our series Isolation vs Hope. Pastor Craig looks at someone put in a place of total isolation for a lengthy amount of time. We have discovered throughout this series that God brings so much good out of these times of isolation. In this sermon we get a glimpse of all the good that God brought out of John the Revelator‘s time of isolation. Most people when they think about the book of Revelation, see it only as of a book about the end times. The Revelation of Jesus Christ is the unveiling of the Son of God’s central role in all of humanity.
1. How do you typically react when someone spoils the end of a movie or a book? Why do we prefer not to know the ending?
2. In Revelation 1:1-3 John the Revelator begins with a vision, considering this vision took place 2,000 years ago, how do you account for the words “must soon take place” and “the time is near”? Do you believe Jesus could return today? Why is it important that we live like “the time is near”?
3. Pastor Craig discussed in Romans 1:20-32 that vain imaginations about God are a downward spiral into hell itself. When you look around, what evidence do you see that we live in a fallen world? On the other hand, what evidence do you see that God is still at work?
4. Have a volunteer read Romans 1:21-23. which words or phrases in this passage describe the life of someone who refuses to worship God? Expand.
5. According to the passage from Romans what happens when we don’t acknowledge God’s authority in our lives?
6. In what ways can we be more alert to the sin in our lives and more committed to rejecting sinful ways of living? How can we encourage one another in this pursuit?
The revelation you receive of Jesus is not intended to puff you up but to bless others.
Revelation 1:3 says “God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near.” Let’s use our island of isolation to receive greater revelation and use that revelation to bless others!! God has always wanted His people to know we win!!
The Spirit provides a sword for us to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. To effectively use the sword, we must regard it as the word of God. If we are not confident in the inspiration of scripture then we will not use it effectively at all.
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit,which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:17 NKJV
Revelation 1:1-3 NLT
“This is a revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants the events that must soon take place. He sent an angel to present this revelation to his servant John, who faithfully reported everything he saw. This is his report of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. “God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near.”
Revelation 1:9-10 NLT
“I, John, am your brother and your partner in suffering and in God’s Kingdom and in the patient endurance to which Jesus calls us. I was exiled to the island of Patmos for preaching the word of God and for my testimony about Jesus. It was the Lord’s Day, and I was worshiping in the Spirit. Suddenly, I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet blast.”
Revelation 22:8 NIV
“I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me.”
Romans 1:20-32 NLT
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NIV
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Ephesians 6:17 NKJV
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit,which is the word of God.”
Revelation 22:3-7, 12-16 NIV