Revelation

The Revelation of Jesus Christ:

Finding hope in the second coming of Christ

A 12-week Sermon Series from the Book of Revelation

Calvary Community Church

Summer 2019

 

“The revelation from Jesus Christ,

which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place.”

Revelation 1:1


Background of the Book of Revelation 

The very first sentence of the book tells us that it is a revelation of Jesus Christ. The Apostle John wrote Revelation while exiled on the Island of Patmos because of his faith. He wrote it around 95-96 A.D. The book was directly written to churches in the region of Asia Minor, but is ultimately written for all who have believed in Jesus regardless of time or place. This book was written to bring hope and encouragement to all believers as we await the second coming of Jesus Christ. It challenges us that as we suffer or are persecuted, we can endure knowing Christ will ultimately judge evil, end all suffering and pain, and will make all things new.

Main Themes in the Book of Revelation

God’s Sovereignty: When the world, as we know it ends, it will do so on God’s terms and according to His eternal plan.

God’s Faithfulness: God keeps His promises to His people. God will faithfully fulfill His covenants with His chosen people, Israel. He will also fulfill the promises He made to His Son’s bride, the Church.

Satan’s Futility: His efforts to destroy all that God has created are ultimately useless because a future time is coming when God removes all evil – including Satan and his demons.

Jesus as Victor: He will one day return in glory to judge the living and the dead. The second coming of Jesus is God’s unique, climactic, and decisive way to bring history as we know it to a close.

Hope for the Believer: All we endure now will be worth it in the end. Today, we can stand with courage because of the promise that there will come a day when we are resurrected and in the presence of our Lord forever.

What this Sermon Series is and What it is Not

The Series Is:

  • An introduction to Revelation: While many can be intimidated and confused by this book, we hope this series will help you understand its basic structure, themes and central purpose.
  • A reminder that we have nothing to fear: Suffering and persecution in our lives today should not paralyze us with fear because in the end Jesus will return, evil will be defeated, and God will make all things new!
  • A call to faithfulness: The main focus of Revelation is not our knowledge about the future, but rather our faithfulness as Christ’s followers in every generation. We will be challenged to heed the call to follow Jesus faithfully in the midst of an increasingly hostile culture.

The Series Is Not:

  • A comprehensive study of Revelation: We will look at the larger, over-arching themes of the book. We will not look at every detail or address every topic. That is not because they aren’t important, but because our focus is on the book’s hope-centered, big themes.
  • A full picture of the end times: While we will reference other books of the Bible that help us understand the themes of Revelation, we will not explore all the prophetic passages in the Old and New Testaments.
  • An answer to end times debates:  We will not seek to debate or resolve views and arguments around all of the timelines, imagery, and signs within the book. We will, however, lift up the central claim of the book: Jesus Christ will return in glory to judge the living and the dead, and to make all things right.

 

As you prepare your own heart for the sermons in this series, prayerfully ask God to…

  • give you the hope found in the promise of Christ’s second coming
  • help you see how God plans to bring human history to a close
  • encourage you in Christ’s final victory over Satan and all evil
  • provide you the strength to endure hardship now in light of our future hope remind you that He determines how all things will end