“And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” (Revelation 22:7, ESV)

New Sermon Series at Redeemer!

New Sermon Series at Redeemer

This month at Redeemer, we begin a new sermon series entitled “REVELATION: Hope for God’s People.” In this 8 week sermon series we will delve into the message of this last book of the Bible and will answer questions like: To whom is it written? What are we to take from it? And more importantly – what are we to do with what we learn? Is this book intended to spark fear or bring encouragement? Does it actually say anything intelligible, or is it a mish-mash of symbolism?

What is it about the book of Revelation? It draws people to it with its mysterious intrigue – and yet people are often fearful of wading into the depths of its content. It is my hope that through this series you will come away with a better understanding of this well known, yet often avoided, book of the Bible … and that you will come away encouraged. For all its talk of judgment and destruction, the book of Revelation is ultimately a message of hope for its hearers – the people of God within the Church of Christ.

But how are we to approach this book? Here are a couple ways NOT to view this book:

  1. A “Diagram” to be deciphered or “Code” to crack. LCMS Pastor and author, Michael W. Newman writes: “If you’re approaching the book of Revelation like an engineer poring over a schematic diagram of God’s eternal plan, I want to urge you to reconsider your position. The book of Revelation … is more comparable to a painting, a mural, than it is to a set of technical drawings.” (p. 23)
  2. A depressing book of “Destruction.” Michael Newman writes: “Let me remind you again, if you think the book of Revelation is all about the nuclear destruction of the earth that takes place under a despotic, demon-filled world leader, you haven’t paid attention to how it begins. This is a personal message to the broken, suffering, and straying. This is a family intervention. This is love in action.” (p. 27)

The excerpts above were taken from (Newman, Michael W. Revelation: What the Last Book of the Bible Really Means. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2009.) This book will be used as a resource and a reference throughout this message series. It also contains a study guide with questions for individual and group discussion for each of the 22 chapters of Revelation.   These books are available at Redeemer by the Sea now for a reduced rate, thanks to the generosity of the author. I encourage you to pick up a copy and read it throughout this message series and perhaps even use it with your small group to extend the learning and discussion.

I pray that as we move through this great book we will see it as a “revelation,” not a mystery. Whereas mystery implies something that needs to be solved … revelation describes something that was formerly hidden, but is now made visible. What the book of Revelation makes known about God may surprise some, and may offend others, but it will leave no doubt as to what the future holds – the triumphal return of Christ! May you be blessed as you discover what Jesus reveals through this book. “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” (Revelation 1:3)

Following Christ with you,

Pastor Augie