Revelation: A Picture of Anticipation

Sermon & Small Group Resources

This is the fifth and final sermon in our series looking at ‘Postcards from Paradise’ from Revelation. Preacher: The Rev’d David Browne. Bible Reading: Revelation 22:12-21

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BIBLE READING: Revelation 22:12-21

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.

He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.

SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS

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CONNECT: How can you develop your daily time with God in anticipation of that future when there will be no barriers between us?

WARM-UP Questions

  1. What have been some highlights of this year for you? What have been some low points?

READ Revelation 22:12-13

  1. What does it mean to you that Jesus is coming soon? What do you think Jesus means when he says, ‘My reward is with me’? 

  2. What is Jesus saying about by using, ‘I am the Alpha and Omega’? (Hint: Revelation 1:8; 21:1–7)

  3. How can Jesus’ imminent return inform the way you live?

READ Revelation 22:14-15

  1. V.14 is the last of seven blessings pronounced on people in Revelation. Who are these blessings for? (See: Revelation 1:3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7, 14)

  2. What city and what tree of life are being referred to here? (City: Revelation 21; Tree of life: Genesis 2:9; 3:22, 24; Revelation 2:7; 22:2, 14, 19)

  3. Why are the ‘dogs’ outside of the city? What defines these people? 

  4. How can this promise of justice inform the way you share the gospel with and disciple others?

 READ Revelation 22:16-19

  1. Whose voices do we hear in this passage? What do each of them add to the message?

  2. What are the consequences for adding or taking away from the book? Why is it so dangerous to add or take away from things God has said?

  3. How should these passages inform the way we look at the Bible as a whole?

 READ Revelation 22:20-21

  1. Many of the first readers of Revelation were desperate for Jesus to return because of the persecution they faced for following him. How do you feel when you read the prayer ‘Come Lord Jesus!’?

  2. What images come to mind for you when people talk about the ‘end’? How do they compare with the images in Revelation?

  3. Who is at the centre of the story of Revelation and the picture we are given of eternity? 

APPLY This Week: Who can you share the good news of Jesus’ return with in 2019 and how can you help them to grow closer to Him?

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, thank you that you are coming back soon. Thank you that you promise true justice to the world, and that in Christ the best is yet to come! Help me to participate in your work in this world and live in anticipation of the next. In the name of Jesus Christ, the Alpha and Omega, Amen. 

GOING DEEPER

WITH CHILDREN