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We are excited to kick off our new series, The Seven Churches of Revelation this Sunday! We hope that this series will help you understand the bible in a deeper way and call us all to live lives worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We are also excited to release this Study Guide to help you study Revelation each week in preparation for the message on Sunday. You can use it personally, with a smaller group of 2-3 or with your community group. It is available to download as a PDF or you can begin by reading this week's section below.


Revelation 1:1-8

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. 4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood 6 and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen. 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Main Idea

Jesus reigns over all. Jesus frees from sin. Jesus is coming soon.

Summary

John receives revelation from Jesus, who has divine authority to describe the events that are to come. Recorded around 95-96 AD, this section serves as an introduction to remind the seven churches in Asia Minor of Jesus’s importance in the life of the church. 

Observation

  • From where, by whom, and to whom is this text communicated?
  • Read Revelation 22:6-21. How does this passage relate to the introduction of Revelation?
  • Name as many things as you can about Jesus from this passage alone.
  • Where do you see the Trinity represented in the passage?

Application

  • Revelation 1:5 says that Jesus “loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood.” What keeps you from living in the freedom of God’s love and atonement through Christ’s blood?
  • Our view of eternity and God’s sovereignty affects how we live today. Name an area of your life right now that you have a hard time trusting that God is in control. What is it about that area of your life that makes trusting God difficult?
  • How would living out of an eternal perspective this week change or influence:
    • Your daily rhythms
    • Your relationships and friendships
  • In light of this passage, how is God calling you to trust him this week? What challenges will you face as you try to implement change? 

Prayer Point

Take time to praise God for being in control and for the grace we have in Jesus. Ask him for help in living moment by moment with an eternal perspective.