For a class I took several years ago that covered certain NT books, one assignment was to prepare these “significance” projects, and in this post I share the one on Revelation.
It is sad that some people avoid Revelation because of interpretive issues, as it is a Christ exalting book that should give us hope. And it is possible to step back and look at broader themes that apply to our life of faith regardless of the interpretive grid through which we read it. Of course, my futuristic views come through, but certainly everyone can agree with themes such as worship of the Lord Jesus, and the importance of perseverance.
The Significance of Revelation to Your Life & Ministry
State briefly the argument or purpose statement of the book:
This revelation, primarily of things to come, was recorded by John to encourage Christians to persevere or overcome by standing firm in Christ (1:1-3:22) in view of God’s coming judgment upon sin (6:1-18:24) and the ultimate triumph of Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (19:16) over all assailants at the consummation of history when Christ will reign forever and ever (22:5).
The chart shows key themes of Revelation (middle column), with cross-references for related content in the rest of the Bible.
Jesus is the key to all of history for he is “Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last” (22:13,1:4-8).
The heart of the Gospel, that Christ is the Lamb who was slain, should spur us to never-ending worship and praise (4:1-5:14).
Revelation is a book of divine judgment. God will righteously deal with all injustice and evil (6:1-18:24), culminating in the Second Coming of Christ (19:11-15) and the Great White Throne Judgment (20:11-15).
Jesus is the ultimate example of perseverance even to the point of death (1:5, 3:21b) and the Christian’s model to overcome. All seven churches were called to overcome (2:1-3:22).
The project also included a section for applying the material in a practical way in your life with 3 categories: knowing/memory, doing/action, and being/character development.
One of my theoretical plans was to develop a curriculum/Bible study on the 7 churches of Revelation (found in chapters 2 & 3). And I did actually end up doing this when I later taught my adult Sunday school class a series of lessons on the 7 churches of Revelation! It is always good when something moves from theoretical to concrete, right? I’d like an opportunity to teach through the 7 churches again, as there is much practical content.
Perhaps this assignment looks easy? But it took more time that you probably imagine! Having to look at an entire book, carefully discern the key themes, and briefly present them….is challenging. And I had to do it for several books.
** The blog Reading Acts has a good post on Revelation today, and its theme of worship.