Featured Passage: Revelation 1-3
John was one of the last living apostles. He suffered persecution from the Roman authorities, until finally, they exiled him to the isle of Patmos. While on the island, Jesus Christ revealed to John many things about the future. Jesus Christ gave warnings for seven churches that were established. While these seven churches were given these warnings in the first century, it is thought that these seven churches also represent seven eras, or time periods, of the church of God. including warnings for each Church era. These warnings teach lessons which could apply to all Christians in any era.
- How did John describe the One like the Son of Man who spoke to him?
- What were some of the good works for which Christ commended the church at Ephesus? What correction did Christ have for the Ephesians?
- What did Christ warn the church of Smyrna that they would suffer? What promise did God give to those who overcame?
- For what did Jesus commend the Church at Pergamos? What did Christ warn them to repent of? Who was Balaam?
- What good things did Christ have to say about the church at Thyatira? What did Christ promise those in Thyatira who held fast to the truth?
- What did Christ have to say about the church at Sardis? What did they need to do to be in the Kingdom of God?
- What do you think is meant by the Philadelphians having “an open door” (Colossians 4:3)? What did Christ promise them about the Great Tribulation?
- What problems did Christ address with the Laodiceans? What will happen to the Laodiceans if they fail to repent?
- What is the reward for those who overcome and endure to the end?
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.”