Community Group Questions - April 2nd, 2023

Revelation 14:1-5

The Lamb and the 144,000

1 Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, 3 and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. 4 It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb, 5 and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless.
Doctrine - What We Think
  • What are some of the significant symbolic meanings we get from the Bible when it refers to Jesus Christ as "The Lamb?" How do some of these meanings distinguish Christianity from the rest of the world's religions?
  • Do you agree that the 144,000 is symbolic or do you think it is literal? What are the different implications of the text for both positions?
  • What is the significance of the the "Father's name written on their foreheads" in terms of salvation? 
Worship - How We Feel
  • What are ways that the worship of God that we experience on the earth are similar to what is experienced in this passage?
  • We are told that only the 144,000 know the song of the redeemed. What kind of implications are there from that truth about how Christians relate to the lost world when it comes to our expressions about our love for God? What about how the church expresses our worship? (for instance, people who do not follow the Lamb in our public worship services)
Application - What We Do
  • How are you encouraged by this passage? How are you challenged? Do you find any discouragement?
  • What are the ways that you can specifically "follow the Lamb wherever he goes" in your personal life?
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