1. What does it mean to be born again?
2. What does it mean to be baptized in the Holy Spirit
Tonight we are going to begin with the last book of the Bible _________________.
What is a revelation?
This is the Revelation of _____________ ____________.
In this book John reveals who Jesus is and _____________ in the future.
The Book of Revelation was written on the Island of _____________, where John was imprisoned for the faith. On ____________ John was praying when he saw a vision of Jesus.
Listen to this description:
“which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.” I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands,and among the lampstands was someone “like a son of man,” dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. ” Rev. 1:11-19 (NIV)
So Revelation is a book about what John has seen what is __________ and what will take place later. Everyone thinks the book is only about the end but tonight we are going to talk about the part of the book that is happening now.
In Your Groups:
Read Rev. 2 and 3:
1. Write here the names of the seven churches and as you go along list their problems and what will happen if they overcome.
Church Name Problem If Overcome
Now back together.
If the church of America was any of these seven churches which would it be? Why?
If you were one of these churches which would you be? Why?