What do the Letters from Patmos reveal about God, the Church, and our place in the world?
When it comes to the Bible’s final book, most recognize its great element of mystery. Maybe you believe this book is characterized by monsters and symbolic numbers only scholars could understand. But God gave the book of Revelation to His people, those who love and serve Him - and this glorious book starts with down-to-earth letters to seven real churches ...
In this study, Letters from Patmos: Revelation 1-3, we behold God as He has chosen to reveal Himself — by the love of the Father, through the glory of the Son and the activity of the Spirit. And from the outset of John’s vision in chapter 1, we find a beautiful portrait of the reality of the Lord's loving presence with His people, the Church.
In Revelation 1-3, “this word of God and the testimony of Christ,” speaks powerfully to God’s people in seven unique churches. The letters reflect real situations, call for real repentance, and offer real hope - to believers then and today. Jesus presents a group portrait of His people as He truly sees us; He intimately knows our struggles as individuals and churches and calls us to overcome through faith in Him.
In chapters 1 to 3, we recognize the challenge of Revelation is to live faithfully now. We connect with God and His people in life’s joys, struggles and even deadly persecution, as God draws us to walk alongside those who victoriously worship Him through faith in Christ. These chapters unveil God’s perfect justice and glorious design for those Jesus redeems.
The Almighty stands in the center of history. God purposefully and perfectly orchestrates all things under the triumphant glory of Jesus Christ. Through the Son, God’s redemptive plan prevails over human rebellion, sin’s destruction and Satan’s schemes.
Will you explore God’s character in Revelation 1-3? How will you grow to know and love Him more completely, learn to trust Him more fully, and become eager to obey and follow His way? Will you enter into Letters from Patmos to know God and worship Him as He’s gloriously revealed?
Develop a weekly routine and daily rhythm of engaging with the Bible.
Take time to develop a deeper understanding of the passage and consider how it applies to your everyday life.
Dig deeper into the text using purpose-made content from a network of trusted scholars.
Expand your grasp of each passage with Bible teaching and storytelling that offer additional insights and action points.
Ask questions and share what you're learning with fellow members in a weekly Group Gathering.