Updated: Dec 3, 2019
Follow along with our video sermon series with this outline as we go through the seven letter to the churches in the book of Revelation.
Christ Church Memphis
Class: The Seven Letters of Revelation, Part I: A Review of the 7 Blessings of Revelation
Date and Type: Semester Class- Fall 2019-
Class 2: Christ Church Main- 4488 Poplar Ave
Video Cast to East Ministry Center
Division Topic: Biblical and Theological Studies
Certificate: Not applicable
Instructor: Dr. Shane Stanford.
Background about Revelation:
Author: John the Apostle- Several early sources had remembered the texts as they had become considered ‘Holy or Sacred’ by the start of 200’s (3rd Century)- Origen, Tertullian, Clement of Alexandria, and Iranaeus.
Date: 95-96AD- We know this because John was exiled to Patmos during the Diocletian’s reign who died in 96. John was moved to ???
Reason for Writing: To deal with the Gnostic Movement as a result God gave John the Word from Heaven to do three things:
A. Tell about what had happened- testify to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
B. To tell the situation at present... this would be dynamic
C. To tell the story of the coming of the second Coming Jesus Christ.
Ongoing Purpose of Revelation:
To Remind Us of Our Redemption and Restoration
To Tell ‘What is Now...’
To Tell ‘What is to Come...’
Review of the Seven Beatitudes of Revelation:
Scripture: Matthew 5: 1-20
Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount
5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.
Revelation: 12-18- 12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man,[d] dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Revelation 1:3- Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Revelation: 14: 13 Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Revelation: 16: 15 “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Revelation: 19: 9 Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Revelation: 20: 6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Revelation: 22: 7 “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.”
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Revelation: 22: 14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Revelation: 1: 4 John,
To the seven churches in the province of Asia:
Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits[a] before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
Salt and Light
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Revelation 1: 19 “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. 20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels[e] of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
The Fulfillment of the Law
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Revelation: 1: 7 “Look, he is coming with the clouds,”[b]
and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;
and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”[c]
So shall it be! Amen.
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Revelation: 7: 9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying:
Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”
14 I answered, “Sir, you know.”
And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore,
“they are before the throne of God
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne
will shelter them with his presence.
16 ‘Never again will they hunger;
never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them,’[a]
nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne
will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’[b]
‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’[c]”