The book of Revelation culminates all of Scripture with a focus on worship of God as Creator, Judge, and Redeemer.
Paper, pencils, hymnals
Connecting with the Scripture Topic
- John and Job were given the privilege of partially seeing the Lord. Quietly imagine having Jesus revealed to you and write a narrative about the experience. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you feel? What do you say? Read a sampling of stories to the group.
- As a group, sing all the stanzas of “Holy, Holy, Holy.” You’ve probably sung this hymn for years, but think about the lyrics again in light of what you have learned about worship this quarter. Discuss which lyrics are most meaningful to you.
Sharing and Receiving Scripture
- Which of God’s qualities draws you into worship: Creator, Judge, or Redeemer? All are important, but which do you find most active in your heart of worship today?
- Thought Questions
Revelation 1:13-18 provides a description of Jesus Christ by John, who was so overwhelmed that he fell over as if dead. As you look at these different qualities of Jesus, what do you think they mean?
- A head of hair like wool, as white as snow
- Eyes like a flame of fire
- Feet like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace
- A voice as the sound of many waters
- Out of the mouth came a two-edged sword
Job was also given a revelation of God. Read Job 42:1-6. What do John’s and Job’s experiences tell us about worship?
- The Lord is more awesome than anything we can imagine.
- If Jesus’ glory were revealed to us, we too would automatically fall down in worship.
- Job said, “Now my eye sees You, therefore I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes.”
- Sometimes we try to relate to God like a good buddy instead of recognizing God’s holiness.
- True worship recognizes who we are and who God is.
Worship is woven throughout the book of Revelation, and there are common themes in all of it. Read the following passages and look for similarities:
- Revelation 4:6-11
- Revelation 5:8-14
- Revelation 7:9-17
- Revelation 11:16-18
- Revelation 15:1-4
Revelation 13 lays out the final great battle of worship allegiance between the Lamb and the dragon (Christ and Satan). Read the passages in this chapter that speak of worship. What do they mean?
- “So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast…” (v. 4).
- “All who dwell on the earth will worship him [the beast]…”(v. 8).
- The second beast “causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast” (v. 12).
- The dragon would “cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed” (v. 15)
- “He causes all… to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads” (v. 16).
Applying the Message of Scripture
Gather in groups of two or three. Choose one of the following options and work on a solution. Then report back to your group when your facilitator says your time is up.
- Option 1: Draw three columns on a piece of paper. Label the columns CREATOR, REDEEMER, and JUDGE. Under each title, list reasons why Jesus deserves our praise and worship for being each of these.
- Option 2: The final battle mentioned in Revelation 13 will be fought over who we choose to worship. What steps can we take now to make sure that in the end, we’ll be worshiping the one true God?
- Option 3: Considering the events to unfold in Revelation 13 and 14, shouldn’t we as individuals and as a church be urgently doing something? How can we let our family, friends, and community know what will take place? Outside of holding traditional evangelistic meetings, what can we do?
Valuing Scripture in Your Life
- Considering all we’ve studied this quarter, what changes do you want to make as you worship in church each Sabbath? Make a list and refer back to it on a regular basis.
- Considering what we’ve studied this quarter, what changes do you want to make in your private worship time? Again, make a list and refer back to it on a regular basis.