Week of 4/17/2016

Series How to Survive the End of the World 

Part 3: Snapshots of Revelation

In this week’s sermon, we discovered the only real hope we have for freedom is the resurrection of Christ.  

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES

Revelation 1:1,7-8,12-18
John 5:24
2 Corinthians 5:10
Revelation 4:10-11
Revelation 5:11-12
Luke 14:23
Revelation 7:9-10
Revelation 14:6-7
Revelation 16:1
Romans 5:9
Revelation 21:3-4

INTRO

Showing snapshots is a brief way to tell a story, pictures of life. Revelation means: apocalypse which means “unveiling.” The book of Revelation tells us some things about the past, the present, and the future. Let’s review and apply what we heard form Pastor Don about Snapshots of Revelation. 

Get Started

  • What vision pops into your mind when you hear the word apocalypse?  

  • Have you ever noticed that the book of Revelation is singular and not plural? It is often misquoted "Revelations" (even by Bryan several times writing this study guide).   

The Snapshot of an accurate view of Jesus

Read Revelation 1:1-8 
  • Why is the singular revelation so important?  

  • Who is doing the revelation to John?  

Too often Jesus get lots in the scorpion beast and serpent of Revelation. 

Read Revelation 1:12-17 
  • How is this representation of Jesus different from what we often think of him? 

  • Does this true picture of Christ bring fear or hope?  

We will never discover what He wants us to do until we discover who He is.  

Read John 5:24  
  • Why does this verse give us assurance of hope? 

 Revelation 2:7  
  • In Revelation 2:11,17,29 Revelation3:6,13 & 22 he repeats calls us to pay attention.   

  • If Jesus continually says “listen!” Do you think what He is saying is important and worth our attention?  

  • What can sometimes drowned out our ability to listen and believe God’s Word?  

Sometime we can’t hear God because we aren’t listening.  

The Snapshot of Proper Handling of Wealth.  

Read 2 Corinthians 5:10 & Revelation 4:10-12 
  • Have you ever been to an event such as a family Christmas, a birthday party, or wedding and realized you didn’t bring a gift and you were expected to? How did that make you feel? 

  • How much more terrifying is it to come empty handed on the day that we lay down our crowns at the feet of Jesus?  

  • How does that reemphasize the fact that we are managers of our time, talents, and treasures today and we should honor Christ with the blessings He has given us?  

Snapshots of a Pack House

  • Why do numbers matter to The Fountains? (We count people , because people count!) 

Read Luke 14:23 
  • How are you serving Christ by investing and inviting?  

  • Do you have a specific person you are investing in? Are you taking personal responsibility to crowd heaven? Why or why not?  

Read Revelation 7:9-10 
  • What is absolutely necessary to go to heaven?  

The Snapshot of the Final Proclamation of the Gospel

Read Revelation 14:6-7 
  • If the team your cheering for is winning a sporting event, you can’t wait for the time clock to run out. And if you are losing, the opposite is true. Have you ever thought that there is a time clock on the Gospel, that there will come a time when grace is no longer available?   

The Snapshot of the Wrath of God

Read Revelation 16:1 
  • Wrath is a noun not a verb.

  • Is God justified in pouring out wrath on the earth? Why? Why not? 

Read Romans 5:9  
  • How do sinful fallen people avoid the justice of God?  

The Scary thing about the wrath of God is, it destroys those who don’t know Christ for all eternity. 

The Snapshot of Peace

Revelation 21:3-4 
  • How does heaven compare to the garden of Eden?   

  • Have you ever thought about all that God has endured out of love for our sake so that one day we can have the relationship with Him that He always desired?  

WHAT IS YOUR NEXT STEP? 

  • Is Jesus an acquaintance to you or do you live with Him daily in your life? Your first Step is to be sure that you have began a relationship with God, through Christ. If you haven’t asked Christ to become your personal Savior, forgive your sins, and be Lord of your life, that is your Next Step.  

  • Are you so consumed with life that you have become deaf to the voice of God? Not just reading the Bible but walking in daily with your ears tuned in to what the Holy Spirit is saying? Remember, God desires to give you what is best for you and he loves us enough to not make us figure it out on our own, but we have to listen to His Direction. Your Next Step is to refocus and began to say no, begin reading and listening to God’s words.  

  • Are you Investing in relationship with other and inviting them in to a relationship with Jesus Christ? If not, your Next Step is to ask God to open your eyes to those who He has for you to invest in, and the wisdom to share your story and offer them the hope you have by inviting them into a relationship with God through Christ.   

Prayer 

Take time to discuss with your Life Group the struggle some of you are facing. Pray that God will continue to remind us and too give each of us peace knowing that God is working for His purpose and we can join Him as the hour of His second coming approaches.