Gathering Question: 

What is one way you have experienced God at work in your life this week?

Gathering Prayer. 

Opening Questions

  • What stood out to you in the sermon? 
  • What insights did you gain? 
  • What questions did it raise?

Revelation 3:7-13

  • How would you summarize Jesus’ message?
  • What stands out to you from Jesus’ message? Why? 


The Philadelphia Christians are suffering. The Bible speaks of suffering as a normal part of the Christian life. Reflect on the following passages. What stands out to you? Why do you think God does not spare us from suffering? 

  • Romans 8:17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
  • Philippians 1:29 For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him…
  • Philippians 3:10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
  • 1 Peter 2:21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

Revelation 5:1-14. The beginning of the ‘hour of trial.’

  • Why would no one on earth be worthy to open the seals? 
  • What does it mean for Jesus to be worthy?
  • Why is it significant the ‘hour of trial’ begins with this scene of worship?

The Great Tribulation

The Seven Seals: Revelation 6-8

The Seven Trumpets: Revelation 8-11

The Seven Bowls: Revelation 17-20

  • Think about the numbers. What is significant about three cycles of seven events? What are some other things that happen in the Bible in cycles of three or seven? 
  • The Tribulation is part of God’s plan. God judges the world, which means our lives have consequences. What would that message have meant for you, if you were a persecuted Christian in a city like Philadelphia? What does that message mean for you today? 

Closing Prayer.