"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
Image © by John August Swanson. Artwork held in the Luther Seminary Fine Arts Collection, St. Paul, Minn.
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Preaching Series on Revelation
by Craig R. Koester
Notes for a seven-session preaching series on the book of Revelation.
Week 1 Rev 1:9--2:7
John, the Risen Christ, and the Churches
Revelation begins by locating John, the seer, in the realm of time and space. Although many people assume that Revelation is all about the end of the world, the first vision is one of Christ, who is present among the churches. Then in chapters 2-3 Revelation takes a look at what is going on in the churches through Christ's eyes. The idea is that Revelation wants us first to take a look at who Christ is and then take a look at who we are in relation to Christ. The messages to the churches offer considerable promise for preaching, since they deal with issues of perennial concern for Christians. The selected text simply includes the first of the churches, which is steadfastly holding on to the truth and yet has lost sight of the love which is central to the gospel message. The message works by identifying the problem and calling people to change with the promise of a new future.
Week 2 Rev 4:1-11
God the Creator
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