Sermon Discussion Notes: 10-2-22

REVELATION | PART FOUR | THYATIRA| REV 2:12-29

Gathering Question: 

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

Gathering Prayer. 

Father, by Your Spirit, would you guide us into all truth. Help us to hear and be attentive to Your voice as we work through this study. In the name of Jesus, Your Son, we pray, Amen. 

Opening Questions

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

Revelation 2:12-29

  • What stands out to you from Jesus’ message? Why? 
  • Jezebel led the Israelites to the worship of false gods. How do you see today’s church being tempted to worship false gods?

Hosea 3:1

  • The Bible often makes a connection between idolatry and adultery. Why do you think the Bible would compare these two acts? 
  • What does this connection teach us about the heart of God?

Revelation 17:1-4

  • Babylon represents the fallen world. The Prostitute of Babylon is temping all the world to worship false gods. What are some ways you see idol worship around you today? 

Tim Keller, Counterfeit Gods

We may not physically kneel before the statue of Aphrodite, but many young women today are driven into depression and eating disorders by an obsessive concern over their body image. We may not actually burn incense to Artemis, but when money and career are raised to cosmic proportions, we perform a kind of child sacrifice, neglecting family and community to achieve a higher place in business and gain more wealth and prestige. 

  • What are some other examples 
  • Idol worship is about what comes first. What are some ways we can be aware of what is really coming first in our life? 
  • Are there any things in your life that you’ve been giving too much importance so that they might be (or becoming) idols? 

Closing Prayer. 

“Thou, O Jesus, art the morning-star. O give thyself to me! Then will I desire no other sun, only thee.” (John Wesley, Notes on the New Testament)