Resetting Your Focus on Jesus – Deric Bartlett


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This week, Pastor Deric concludes the series ‘Reset’ with a message titled ‘Resetting Your Focus on Jesus’ from Revelation 1:9-20
 
John was “in the Spirit” (v. 10)
John “heard a loud voice” (v. 10,12,15)
John “turned to see” (v. 12)
John “saw the son of man” (v. 12-16)
John “fell at His feet” (v. 17-18)
 
ICEBREAKER:
In your opinion, when was the most interesting period in history?
 
1. According to the Apostle John, what are the expected costs involved with following Jesus faithfully [Revelation 1:9]? Consider also Matthew 10:34-39; Luke 9:23-26; and 2 Timothy 3:12.
 
2. What life-altering event occurred on “the Lord’s Day” [Revelation 1:10] that is commemorated every Sunday? Why is it so important to never overlook or disregard this special day? What does that day mean to you [cf. Luke 24:1; John 20:1, 19; and Acts 20:7]?
 
3. What is the relationship between the voice of God and the written Word of God [cf. Revelation 1:10-11]? How signifi cant is that relationship [cf. Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16; and 2 Peter 1:20-21]?
 
4. John wrote one book to seven churches [Revelation 1:11]. What does this teach us about the need to specifi cally apply the Word of God to our particular time and our cultural context of Mississauga [cf. Jeremiah 29:7; Luke 10:13-15; and Luke 13:34-35]?
 
5. The One who spoke to John in a loud voice appeared “like a son of man” [Revelation 1:13]. Who was this, and what is the signifi cance of this title? Consult also Daniel 7:13-14; Matthew 9:6; and Matthew 25:31.
 
6. The Apostle John arguably enjoyed the closest relationship with Jesus during His earthly ministry [cf. John 13:23-25]. Yet, when John saw Jesus in this vision, he is completely overcome [Revelation 1:17]. What do these differing views of Jesus tell you about His identity [cf. Isaiah 6:5-7; Luke 5:5-11; and Revelation 22:12-13]?
 
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
 
“On Christ’s glory I would fi x all my thoughts and desires, and the more I see of the glory of Christ, the more the painted beauties of this world will wither in my eyes and I will be more and more crucifi ed to this world. It will become to me like something dead and putrid, impossible for me to enjoy.” (John Owen)