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February 28, 2020

Sermon Discussion Questions: 20/20 Vision and Revelation 2

Jason Meyer

Pastor for Preaching & Vision

The following discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon on March 1, “20/20 Vision and Revelation 2” (Revelation 2:1–7). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.

Main Point: Contending for Christ must flow from love for Christ. Putting these in the right order will result in extravagant eternal blessings. Getting these out of order will have devastating consequences for our souls and for our church.

Outline

  1. Introduction (Revelation 2:1)
    a. Holds the Seven Stars
    b. Walks Among the Seven Lampstands
  2. Commendation (Revelation 2:2–3)
    a. Your Deeds (Revelation 2:2)
    b. Your Doctrine (Revelation 2:2, 6)
    c. Your Endurance (Revelation 2:2–3)
  3. Accusation (Revelation 2:4)
    a. Lost Your First Love
  4. Admonition (Revelation 2:5)
    a. Remember
    b. Repent
    c. Return
  5. Conclusion (Revelation 2:5–7)
    a. Warning: Remove Lampstand
    b. Promise: Eat From the Tree of Life in the Paradise of God

Discussion Questions

  • Who is Jesus in verse 1? How does this picture of Jesus relate to the words of Jesus that follow?
  • What does Jesus commend in the Ephesian church?
  • What is the devastating diagnosis that Jesus has for the Ephesian church?
  • In verse 5, what is Jesus’ admonition or solution for them?
  • How does the flow of the passage lead to the main point of the passage? In other words, how do Jesus words in Revelation 2:1–5 lead to the blessing and curse of Revelation 2:5–7?

Application Questions

  • What did your original love for Christ look like and feel like? Go back and remember.
  • Compare and contrast that original love for Christ with your current relationship with Christ. What observations would you make? Are there places where you have taken a wrong turn or have things in the wrong order? What do you need to do to return to the nature of those original works that flowed from your first connection with Christ and love for Christ?
  • What part of this message do you need to share with someone this week?

Prayer Focus
Pray for a grace to know Christ better than you know anything else and to love him more than you love anyone else.

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