Wk 1, “The Object of Worship
April 11, 2021
After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” 2 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. 3 And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. 4 Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. 5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. 6 Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.
In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. 7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. 8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:
“‘Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,’
who was, and is, and is to come.”
9 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.”
What is Worship?
“to regard with great or extravagant respect, honor or devotion.”
Worship means to put something first, or to give something worth
The Three Sections of “The Revelation of Jesus Christ”
Section 1: Write what you have seen
Section 2: Write… what is now
Section 3: Write… what will take place later
1 Thessalonians 4:16:17
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
We tend to worship nouns:
Only Jesus is worthy of worship!
Revelation 4:11 (King James)
11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Everything is made by God for His pleasure.
We Were Made to Worship Jesus!
Small Group Questions
Worship April 11, 2021
Wk 1, “The Object of our Worship”
- When you think of worship, what are some things that come to mind?
- When you think of the book of Revelation, what are some things that come to mind?
- Read 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, do you think most Christians today consider that Jesus can come at any moment? Why or why not?
- Read Revelation 4:1-6, what stands out to you the most about the throne room vision that John saw?
- Why do you think John was shown the throne room of God?
- What are some things that we might worship that are not God?
- Is it harder to worship when we are going through very tough trials? Why or why not? Read Colossians 1:16, what do you think it means when it says “all things were created by Him and for Him? Should that change our perspective on what we worship or how we worship?