about studying Revelation

This seems like a good place to do sermon notes, since they can be tagged and easily found later.  We’ve started a series on Revelation at our church, and had some excellent teaching on it a couple of weeks ago–there are notes scribbled all over my bulletin!

  • Even though we are supposed to read Revelation, most Christians avoid it; partly because we can’t hope to understand it.
  • We should not expect to understand all of it. (My note–if we could fully understand God, He wouldn’t be God.)
  • We need to be familiar with the Old Testament, in order to make some sense of it.
  • Our disappontment in Revelation, stems from the fact that we want to follow a Jesus “made in our image”; He “fails to deliver” according to our expectations.
  • Kingdom of God: is not the Church, but the Church is a harbinger of it; but the Kingdom of God is the absolute rule of the King–in that Day.
  • The Church can be unduly focused on itself.
  • In Revelation 1, Jesus shows up from behind… a terrifying thing–we need some truly compelling, godly fear, yielding without question to His commands.

A concert involves a price, a prize, and an experience:

  • The price is suffering–not just everyday suffering, but paying a price because of our witness.
  • The prize of course, is the Kingdom of God.
  • The experience, is of patient endurance… “Even so, come Lord Jesus.”

I also appreciated Craig’s statement that he doesn’t feel that 98 percent of Christian books are worth reading, only because I used to read so many books about the Bible, that I had that much less time to read the Bible itself.  And what God says to others is so often not what He is saying to me.  I’ve seen Christians so excited about someone else’s experience, that they seemed almost consumed with wanting the same thing for themselves.  Perhaps it even blinded them to what God would say to them personally; although there’s always the possibility that God leads us to certain revelations through others, of course.  Balance is always key, and setting the right priorities for your reading time.

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