“A Love That Warns” 

Revelation 15:1 – 16:11 

Take-Home TruthEvery natural disaster and symbol of the world’s brokenness is a loving warning from God to repent while there is time. 

Christ-Connection: Anyone who believes and repents will be saved from their sin and kept in Christ until the end, because of His death and resurrection.

Hook: (Ice-breaker question. Get the group talking!) 

  1. Can you think of a time when you ignored a warning or didn’t give it much consideration? What were the consequences? 

Engage: (Observe the passage and engage with the text)

  1. Read the passage and discuss the five bowls poured out by the angels? What stands out from this passage?

Reflect: (Reflect upon the key take-aways from the sermon) 

  1. Richard said that God will honor those that are faithful to Him yet the faithful will still encounter suffering here on earth? Why is this?
  2. How does God destroying His own creation show His love for us and how offensive sin is to Him?

Respond: (Apply the truths of God’s Word to your heart, affections, and actions) 

  1. What things are you unwilling to repent of and why? 
  2. Are there things that you are showing more affection for (the Beast) than God? 
  3. Are you unwilling to share these warnings with others? What is preventing you from doing this? (Great opportunity to pray as a group for help in this area)

 

“Singing on the Other Side”

Revelation 15:1-4

Take Home Truth: Saved people sing to the God who saved them.

Christ Connection: Christ’s victory is the only reason we can sing.

Hook: (Ice breaker question. Get the group talking!)

What is your favorite song or hymn and why?

Engage: (Observe the passage and engage with the text.)

1. Read Revelation 15:1-4 and discuss the following questions:

    • Who is singing?
    • Why are they singing?
    • Where are they singing?
    • What are they singing?

Reflect: (Reflect upon the key take aways from the sermon.)

2. One day we are suffering on earth and the next we are singing in heaven. Discuss how this provides you with hope to endure.

3. “Nikos” in the Greek means “victory.” NIKE has defined this as “Just Do It.” Discuss what this slogan means and why or why not this is appropriate for believers.

Respond: (Apply the truths of God’s Word to your heart, affections, and actions.)

4. What promise of God anchors your perseverance?

5. Richard said: “On suffering days it’s hard to remember singing days.” In addition to prayer, Bible reading, attending church, etc., what are some practical, real-life ways that inspire you to endure? (Think non-standard “church answers,” such as hiking, coffee date…)

4 Characteristics of Someone Who Loves Jesus

Luke 7: 36-50

Take Home Truth: Our love for God is demonstrated by accepting what Jesus has done for us (freedom from sin) and living our lives ignited by that love.

Christ-Connection: In light of the command of God stated in Matt 22: 37-38 to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind, we are only able to love Him by His Holy Spirit.

Hook: Describe a time in your life when you were loved and did not deserve it at all.

Engage:

  1. Read Luke 7: 36-50. Who do you tend to identify with most closely- the woman (sinner) or the Pharisee (righteous in his mind)? Did your perspective change as a result of this message?

Reflect:

  1. Who is in your life who is far from God that you could demonstrate God’s love to? Luke 5: 31; Eph 4:15
  2. How does knowing how much you have been forgiven help you love God more deeply?
  3. Piper said, “If we could have heaven with every gift EXCEPT Jesus, could we be satisfied with that heaven? Our treasure is not His gifts, but HIM.” Talk about how this should be true in our lives.

Respond:

  1. John (Phud) said, “Always be killing sin or it will be killing you.” What steps can you take, or are you taking to “kill” sin in your life? Col 3: 5, Rom 8:13, I Jn 2:4-6
  2. How can you take on the role of servant within your current circle- family, neighbors, co-workers, etc.? Jn 13:3-5

 

The Trinity’s Church

Colossians 1:24-29

 

Take-Home Truth: The Trinity’s Church exists to make the mystery of Christ known.

Christ-Connection: The mystery is revealed as “Christ in you, the hope of Glory”, which is the energy in which we toil. 

Hook: (Ice-breaker question. Get the group talking!) 

  1. Tell about a time someone sacrificed something for your good.

Engage: (Observe the passage and engage with the text)

  1. Read Colossians 1:24-29 
  • What was lacking in Christ’s affliction?
  • How is the Church called to fill it up?

 Reflect: (Reflect upon the key take-aways from the sermon)

  1. Read vs. 28. Who does everyone refer to? Who exists in your circle of influence?

  1. In that same verse, what is the strategy laid out for the church?

Respond: (Apply the truths of God’s Word to your heart, affections, and actions) 

  1. Discuss a time God has broken your soul for another. Is there someone you are presently burdened for that the group can pray for alongside you?

“Of Course He Will”

 

Take-Home Truth: We are confident Jesus will return because He came the first time.

Christ-Connection: Jesus is the source of our hope while waiting.

Hook: (Ice-breaker question. Get the group talking!)

 

1. Talk about something you’ve done or experienced once that you can’t wait to do again.

Engage: (Observe the passage and engage with the text)

 

2. As a group read and discuss the implications of waiting/suffering in this world and finding comfort through Christ’s Second Coming through the following verses:

Waiting/Suffering Comfort

Matthew 16:21 Matthew 16:27

Philippians 3:18 Philippians 3:20-21

John 13:36-38 John 14:1-3

Reflect: (Reflect upon the key take-aways from the sermon)

3. Richard said, “Does waiting for the return of Christ produce an ineffective believer? No, it produces a believer who gives Christ his all.” 

  • How could setting your hope on Christ’s return lead you to giving your all?
  • Share a time in your life when setting your hope on Christ did lead you to give your all.

Respond: (Apply the truths of God’s Word to your heart, affections, and actions)

 

4. Richard asked, “What does the Second Coming do for us?”

  • Faithful Endurance (2 Timothy 4:1-4)
  • Joyful Anticipation (1 Peter 5:2, 4)
  • Increasing Purity (1 John 3:2-3)
  • Confident Urgency (2 Peter 2:3-13)

While waiting for Christ return, what is one area in which you struggle and need the most encouragement?

Share with the group the strategies you have used to experience growth in one of these areas.

The Justice of the Coming King

Revelation 14:17-20

 

Take-Home Truth: Jesus’ message is, “I’m coming!!”

Christ-Connection: He was born to save us from His own wrath.

Hook: (Ice-breaker question. Get the group talking!)

  1. Describe a past experience, family visit, or event that you were anticipating and looking forward to.

Engage: (Observe the passage and engage with the text)

  1. Read Revelation 14:17-20. Discuss the metaphor of the grapes.  

  1. Who’s blood is being referenced in Revelation 14:7-10? Read Revelation 19:13 and Isaiah 63:1-3.

 

  1. Read Joel 3:2-3 in light of the passage in Revelation 14. Why so much blood? Who is included in this judgment?

 

 Reflect: (Reflect upon the key take-aways from the sermon)

  1. How does common grace (our standards for justice) compare to God’s grace?

 

  1. What is the hope for this judgment? Read Isaiah 53:6, 7, 10-11. 

Respond: (Apply the truths of God’s Word to your heart, affections, and actions)

  1. What is your take-away from this message that makes you more joy-filled about Christmas?

The Final Harvest of The Son of Man

Rev 14: 14-16

 

Take Home Truth:  While evil is prevalent in the world, God is patiently waiting for people to choose Him (righteousness) over evil.

 

Christ-Connection:  The Son of Man will reap the harvest (judge)from this earth. 

 

Hook

Describe a time when you have reaped the consequences of your life decisions (both good and bad)?

 

Engage: 

  1. Richard shared an Old Testament passage and a New Testament passage (Dan 7: 9-14) (Matt 13: 24-39) concerning the Son of Man.  What do you learn about the Son of Man from these passages?

Reflect: 

  1. Why does Jesus say, “Let the weeds and wheat grow together until the harvest.”? How does this demonstrate His grace? (Matt 13: 24- 30)

  1. How did George’s testimony (Jumpstart) illustrate this truth? How does your testimony illustrate this truth?

Respond

  1. In light of the pending, inevitable harvest, what changes in your life (habits, desires, worship, prayers) does this passage lead you towards? (Rev 14: 14-16)

 

 

Rejoice

Philippians 4:4-7

                                                                              

Take-Home Truth: In Christ, we can rejoice through gritted teeth and trembling hands.

Christ-Connection: We can take joy in Christ’s work; past present, and future.

Hook: (Ice-breaker question. Get the group talking!)

 

  1. Share about a time you were encouraged or able to rejoice through a challenging circumstance.

Engage: (Observe the passage and engage with the text)

 

  1. Read Philippians 4:4-7. As you read these verses, identify words or phrases that call the church to be a:

    1. Rejoicing people (v. 4)
    2. Gentle people (v. 5)
    3. Prayerful people (v. 6-7)

 Reflect: (Reflect upon the key take-aways from the sermon)

 

  1. How do believers rejoice “in the Lord”? How does rejoicing guard believers from despairing in difficult circumstances?

 

  1. How does rejoicing in the Lord produce a gentle people? In light of the “nearness of God” why must the church aspire to be gentle toward all people?

  1. Dan said “if we can lay our grief and grievances before God, we can be gentle toward others”. How do we tend to get this backward? What is the impact?

 

Respond: (Apply the truths of God’s Word to your heart, affections, and actions)

 

  1. Read vs 6-7 How does God address the anxious soul in this passage? What are some practical ways to find the peace of God this week?

“Enduring Until Rest and Reward” Revelation 14:6 – 13

Take-Home Truth:  God wants us in heaven so He warns us about hell.

Christ-Connection: Through Christ we give glory to God, avoid His wrath and receive the blessings of Heaven.

Hook: (Ice-breaker question. Get the group talking!)

  1. Other than Jesus and salvation what do you consider to be the most significant events or things in your life?

Engage: (Observe the passage and engage with the text)

  1. Read the passage and discuss the three messages from the angels?
  2. What does it mean to fear God?
  3. What are the characteristics of Babylon in society today?

Reflect: (Reflect upon the key takeaways from the sermon)

  1.  In my life, how do I live as if I am more significant than God?
  2. Why don’t we hear more sermons about hell and the wrath of God today? Should we?

Respond: (Apply the truths of God’s Word to your heart, affections, and actions)

  1. What would it take for you to have a conversation where you would warn someone about hell? What is preventing you from doing that?
  2. In what ways are you acknowledging the greatness of God and giving Him glory?

 

“Marks of a Redeemed Life”

Revelation 14:1-5

 

Take-Home Truth: If you are not following Jesus, you are not a follower of Jesus.

Christ-Connection: Belief does not mean a relationship, following does.

Hook: (Ice-breaker question. Get the group talking!)

 

1. Tell the group what traits you share as a family (hair, sports teams, music, etc.).

Engage: (Observe the passage and engage with the text)

 

2. As a group read Revelation 14:1-5 aloud. Make observations. Discuss and unpack these verses together in light of the marks of a redeemed life.

 

3. The Marks of a Redeemed Life Richard shared are:

    • God-applauding
    • Christ-following
    • Purity-seeking
    • Truth-speaking

Bonus Question to get you into heaven sooner: last week there were 5…which one is missing?

Reflect: (Reflect upon the key take-aways from the sermon)

4. What marks you as a believer? What doesn’t mark you as a believer? What marks you as a follower? What doesn’t mark you as a follower?

Respond: (Apply the truths of God’s Word to your heart, affections, and actions)

5. Where are you currently struggling with following Jesus? Share with the group if you feel comfortable. You may want to break out into smaller groups to discuss this.