CrossWay On Purpose – Session 7

Last night we had 9 people for Session 7 of CrossWay On Purpose, our church-wide Bible study.  This time it was a little bit different.  Instead of looking at a smattering of short passages that deal directly and concisely with the church, we spent our time in the first chapter of Revelation.  This chapter serves three purposes for our study:

(1) Like the other Scriptures we’ve studied, it contains wisdom about who God wants our church to be and what He wants us to do.

(2) It presents an absolutely amazing picture of Jesus Christ.

(3) It sets up the next two chapters, which we’ll begin studying next week.

Here are some direct applications for CrossWay that we gleaned from this rich chapter–we found that we are:

  • to testify to what we’ve seen & experienced
  • blessed when we read, hear, and take to heart the prophecy
  • to teach what Jesus has revealed will happen in the future
  • God’s servants
  • loved by Jesus
  • freed from our sins by the blood of Jesus
  • a kingdom of priests
  • to be anticipating Jesus’ return
  • to comfort each other
  • to be in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day
  • to be in a state of worship
  • to revere Jesus

This passage reminds me a great quote from the ever-controversial Mark Driscoll, a Seattle pastor who is one of my favorite preachers.  In typical Driscoll fashion, he comments on this description (among others) of Jesus in Revelation:

“There is a strong drift toward the hard theological left. Some emergent types want to recast Jesus as a limp-wrist hippie in a dress with a lot of product in His hair, who drank decaf and made pithy Zen statements about life while shopping for the perfect pair of shoes. In Revelation, Jesus is a pride fighter with a tattoo down His leg, a sword in His hand and the commitment to make someone bleed. That is a guy I can worship. I cannot worship the hippie, diaper, halo Christ because I cannot worship a guy I can beat up. I fear some are becoming more cultural than Christian, and without a big Jesus who has authority and hates sin as revealed in the Bible, we will have less and less Christians, and more and more confused, spiritually self-righteous blogger critics of Christianity.”

That’s definitely a quote from a Calvinist and not a Mennonite, but there’s a lot of truth in it!

We spent the last few minutes of our time together talking about various things, deciding to wait until next week to dive into Revelation 2-3.

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