Revelation!

Français : Le quatrième Ange sonne de la trompette (Apocalypse VIII) [The fourth angel sounds his trumpet (Revelation 8)] from El Escorial, Real Biblioteca de San Lorenzo via Wikimedia Commons

This past Sunday I began a 4-week sermon series on Revelation (using the scriptures suggested by Working Preacher). Surprisingly, what I’m discovering as I study for this series is that I LOVE Revelation!

The English nerd in me loves the genre of apocalyptic literature: the stunning images, the other-worldly quality, the connections to previous sacred texts, the sheer poetry of it all. The justice-minded Mennonite in me loves the subversiveness of it: the subtle–and not-so-subtle–jabs at the Roman emperors, the condemnation of nationalism, John’s refusal to be silenced even as he is in political exile on an island. The pastor in me loves the absolute and unapologetic centrality of worship in this vision of what the world would/could/should/will be.

As I continue preaching through this series, I want to share some of the resources I find as well as the sermons I write. If you are also preaching on, or are otherwise interested in, Revelation, I hope these resources will be a benefit and inspiration to you. I also invite you to share resources you have found helpful in the comments.


Worship Pieces I wrote:

Call to Worship based on Revelation 5:

In worship we sing with saints from every tribe and language and people and nation:
To you, O God, be blessing and honor and glory and might.
We sing with every creature on heaven and on earth:
To you, O God, be blessing and honor and glory and might.
We sing with every creature under the earth and in the sea:
To you, O God, be blessing and honor and glory and might.
We join the song of the myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands:
To you, O God, be blessing and honor and glory and might.
Forever and ever. Amen.

Call to Worship based on Revelation 21:3, 6:

See, the home of God is among us.
The Holy One is with us.
God will dwell with us, and we will be God’s people.
The Holy One is with us.
God is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.
The Holy One is with us.
To the thirsty, God gives water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.
Let us worship the Holy One, who is with us.

Sermons I wrote:

Sermons from others:

Videos:

Articles and books:

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