Saturday, December 05, 2015

Homiletics: Revelation 2:1-11


Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                                                                Who?

1
2:1
To angel Ephesus: words of him who holds 7 stars in rt hd & walks among 7 lampstands.
2
2:2a
I know ur deeds, hard work, perseverance.
3
2:2b
u cannot tolerate wicked ppl/tested those who claim to be apostles & found them false.
4
2:3
You persevered/endured hardships for my name/not grown weary.
5
2:4
I hold against u: u have forsaken love you had at first.
6
2:5
consider how far u fallen, do things u did @ 1st; if not repent, I come/rem lampstand.
7
2:6
In ur favor: u hate practices of Nicolaitans, which I hate.
8
2:7
Ears, hear what S says to churches; victorious, I give rt eat frm tree of life in paradise of G.
9
2:8
To angel Smyrna: words of First and Last, who died/came to life again.
10
2:9a
I know ur afflictions/poverty, yet u rich!
11
2:9b
I know about slander of who say they Jews/are not/are synagogue of Satan.
12
2:10a
not be afraid of what u about to suffer.
13
2:10b
devil put some in prison to test, u suffer persecution 10 days.
14
2:10c
be faithful to pt of death & I give victor’s crown.
15
2:11
Ears, hear what S says to churches; victorious not hurt by 2nd death.

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture):

1
2:1-7
To Ephesus:  you have persevered but forsaken the love you had at first - repent.
Principle:
Repentance from bad behavior leads to life.
2
2:8-11
To Smyrna: you have suffered afflictions and poverty, be faithful to death.
Principle:
All Christians are called to be faithful to the point of death – to self.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure):

John writes Jesus’ words to Ephesus and Smyrna.

 

Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMATK what Jesus considers to be reward-worthy behavior.

 

Application:

1
Why might it be significant for Ephesus to receive a letter from “him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands”?
What deeds, hard work and perseverance would Jesus know about you?  What would you like Him to commend you for?
How might you test a self-proclaimed apostle?
How does the love you had at first compare with the love you have today?
Of what do you need to repent?
If Jesus were to address a letter to you, what would He encourage you about?  What warning would you receive?
2
What is the significance of Smyrna receiving a letter from “the First and the Last, who died and came to life again”?
How might someone experience affliction and poverty yet be rich?
In what way have you endured persecution for the name of Christ?
How might you encourage someone to be faithful in persecution?
What stories do you know about those who have been faithful to the point of death in the name of Jesus?

 

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