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This is the second sermon in our series looking at ‘Postcards from Paradise’ from Revelation. Preacher: Matthew Skelton. Bible Reading: Revelation 4:1-11.
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BIBLE READING: Revelation 4:1-11
After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.
In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:
“‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.”
Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS
CONNECT: How can you use advent to practically prepare for Jesus’ return?
Can you think of positive and negative examples of the use of power in our world? Why do you think it is often easier to think of negative examples?
Why can we be confident that God’s use of power is perfectly just?
READ Revelation 4:1-5
As you read/hear these words, what is your initial impression? What stands out for you?
Why is it so significant that Jesus is both LORD and GOD? How does Jesus’ reign compare to that of the Caesar at the time? How does Jesus’ reign compare to the greatest rulers of our age?
What are the three key images portrayed in these verses? What do they symbolise
How can we be left without a doubt that God truly has power of everything
Where will you spend most of your time this week? What difference does it make to you to know that God is truly on the throne?
READ 1 Thessalonians 4:6-10
Describe the creatures featured in these verses. What are their distinctive features? Who are they worshipping? What do they represent?
What is significant about the perpetual nature of their praise? What is significant about the actual words that they are saying? How does this relate to us?
What does it look like for us to be vigilant in awaiting the return of Jesus?
Do you remember what the sea of glass is all about? How does it point to God’s power over chaos?
READ Revelation 4:11
Why is God worthy to receive all glory, honour, and power? If this is true, how do we express this with our lives? (Try to think of really practical examples.)
How – to an interested onlooker (e.g., a friend, family member, colleague, or peer who is not a Christian) – would it be evident in your life that God is worthy of all glory, honour, and power?
How does our worship (not just on a Sunday) anticipate Jesus’ return and our future with God? How can we be more mindful of this?
APPLY This Week: How can your life as worship anticipate Jesus’ return?
Almighty Lord, we thank you that are truly Lord and God. We thank you that your Son came to this world to save us, that he reigns now, and will return to bring your Kingdom to completion. Please help us to live daily in worship of you and you alone. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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