Overview: Most people avoid the book of Revelation because they think it will be too confusing. It is the only book of the Bible that promises a special blessing to those who read it. There are many symbols – some are fairly easy to understand and some are more difficult. Try to avoid getting too bogged down in figuring out every symbol.
There are many fine Christian people who disagree on the interpretation of this book. However, the main message of the book is clear: Jesus is revealed (that’s what the word “revelation” means) as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Ask yourself as you read about the seven churches discussed in this week’s reading whether the problem areas that are pointed out in these churches could be areas that you need to work on in your own life.
Day 1 – Revelation 1
1. What do you already know about the book of revelations?
2. Who wrote revelations?
3. Imagine that you are an early Christian reading this. What might it feel like to be told that God lasts forever?
Day 2 – Revelation 2
1. What does it mean to you to “be faithful to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life” v. 10?
2. The letter to Pergamum is about second chances. When have you felt like you have been given a second chance?
3. What does it mean to be a healthy church?
Day 3 – Revelation 3
1. Does your faith community embrace or shy away from controversy?
2. How is church a place where we encounter God?
3. What makes it do for you?
Day 4 – Revelation 4
1. What does it feel like to be told that you exist by God’s will?
2. When you are mocked for your beliefs, what does it feel like to recognize that God is more powerful than the seeming powers of the world?
Day 5 – Revelation 5
1. When have you seen images of Jesus portrayed as a lamb?
2. Does that connote weakness or power for you?
3. How does creation worship God?