“The Most Necessary Vision” [Revealed]
Text: Revelation 1:9-20
September 7/8, 2013
Pastor Matt Erickson
“I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me” (Revelation 1:12)
Approaching the Vision
- · The Visions and other visions
- · The need for imagination
- · The importance of the local church
- · The centrality of Jesus
The Setting of the Vision
- · Isolation
- · Persecution
- · In the Spirit
The Substance of This Vision
o Among seven golden lampstands
o Someone like a Son of Man
o Dressed in a robe…with a golden sash
- · Characteristics of The One
o His hair…was white like wool
o His eyes like blazing fire
o His feet like bronze
o His voice like the sound of rushing waters
o In His right hand he held seven stars
o Coming out of His mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword
o His face shining like the sun
The Purpose of This Vision
- · Awakening
- · Focus
- · Growth
- When would you say you had a decisive encounter with Jesus Christ? What happened and how did you respond?
- As we begin a new series from Revelation 1-3, “Revealed,” this weekend we will explore Revelation 1. Before you begin your study, ask God to speak to you through the Scripture. Then, read that passage aloud.
- There are all sorts of interesting ideas about the book of Revelation. As you look at this first chapter, what would you say is the central purpose of this book?
- From this first chapter, it is clear that we need to have Jesus in focus. Take some time to identify all of the titles or descriptions given for Jesus in this section. If you have a piece of paper, you may want to write them out. What does this tell you about Jesus?
- One Bible scholar writes, “The intent of revelation is not to inform us about God but to involve us in God.” In response to what you identified above, set aside some time to thank and praise Jesus for who He is in general but also for who He is to you personally.
- It is clear that these words are to be shared with churches throughout Asia Minor (present-day Turkey) from what we see in verses 4 and 11. What do you think is the purpose of sharing these words with the churches?
- What would you say is the purpose for studying these words today in our own time?
- What is one thing God is drawing your attention to through the study of this passage? If you are in a small group, discuss this together. If you are on your own, take some time to write down your thoughts on this.
[Next week: We will continue our series “Revealed” by looking at the first of the seven churches, Ephesus, in Revelation 2:1-7.]