Community Group Questions - January 8th, 2023

Revelation 6:1-8

The Seven Seals

1 Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!” 2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer.

3 When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword.

5 When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!”

7 When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” 8 And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.
Doctrine - How we think
  • What is the significance of the Lamb opening the scroll? What does that teach us about the Lamb?
  • Discuss ways that you see examples of each of the four horsemen in our world today.
Worship - How we feel
  • How does God's sovereignty over these riders that bring hardships affect how you worship him?
  • What do you think God wants our response to be to a passage like this? How are we supposed to feel because of its truths?
Application - What we do
  • Do you think it is the church's job to try and prevent calamities in the world? What about individual Christians? For example, is war something we accept as part of God's prophetic reality or something to be prevented to try and promote human flourishing?
  • Have you ever had a discussion with a non-believer about bad things that happen in the world? How did it go? What could you do to prepare yourself for those conversations?
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