Community Group Questions - October 30th, 2022

Revelation 2:18-29

To the Church in Thyatira
“And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: ‘The words of the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze.

“‘I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first. But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality. Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works, and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works. But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some call the deep things of Satan, to you I say, I do not lay on you any other burden. Only hold fast what you have until I come. The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father. And I will give him the morning star. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
Doctrine - How we Think
  • What does the description of Jesus tell us about his character? How does it prepare the church for what he is about to say to them? 
  • Read Revelation 2:20. When is toleration appropriate and when does it interfere with the Christian faith?
Worship - How we Feel
  • This passage clearly shows us the judgment of Christ. How do we reconcile this with the picture of his grace and mercy? Have we lost sight of the holiness of God due to a preoccupation with his mercy? Do we focus on Gods mercy because we are involved in compromise and would prefer to believe he will tolerate our behavior? 
  • How are the mercy and patience of Christ seen in this passage, even in judgment? 
Application - What we Do
  • What good works has God called you to do in your life? How can you continue to grow in good works such that your “last works are greater than the first? (2:19)? 
  • How does the prospect of ruling God's kingdom alongside Jesus (2:26-28) and the knowledge that we already have Jesus Christ transform the way we make decisions and choices in our Christian lives together?

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