Thursday, January 29, 2015

January 29, 2015

Read:  Revelation 2:10b-11, Ephesians 6:12-13, Revelation 20:14, 21:8

What is meant by the “second death”? What was being communicated to the church at Smyrna?

Why is this truth important when being tempted to fear and spiritual compromise?

How can viewing daily life through a spiritual lens help? What reminders will you put in place?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January 28, 2015

Read:  Revelation 2:8-10a, Philippians 3:10, Colossians 1:24, 2 Corinthians 6:4-12, 12:9

Describe the paradoxical truth between a persecuted church and a strong church and how it occurs.

How can the same be true for individual Christians? Give an example.

In what way are Christians and churches in America at spiritual risk? How can this be prevented?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January 27, 2015

Read:  Revelation 2:8-10a, Matthew 10:28-32, 24:4-13, Mark 8:34-35

What three words would you use to describe the Christian life portrayed in today’s reading?

What three words would you use to describe your Christian life? What is the same or different? Why?

How does fear play into your walk with Jesus? Be specific. What risky steps will you take this week?

Monday, January 26, 2015

January 26, 2015

Read:  Rev. 2:8-9, Isaiah 44:6-8, 48:12-14, Heb. 2:17-3:2, 12:2-3, Mark 10:29-30, 2 Cor. 8:9

How was Jesus described to the church at Smyrna? What was being communicated? Why?

Why was Smyrna church struggling? in what way were they rich even though they were poor?

How was this an encouragement for the church? How does this encourage you? Be specific

Saturday, January 24, 2015

January 24, 2015

Read:  Revelation 2:1-7, John 21:15-17, 1 John 2:9-10, 4:16-21

How will loving Jesus impact your love for others? How can this actually be a way to test yourself?

In what way can you fall into the Ephesian trap? How is your current love factor for God and others?

Given “love” is a deal breaker to God, how can you include others to help you protect yourself?

Friday, January 23, 2015

January 23, 2015

Read:  Revelation 2:1-7

Describe the two-step process Jesus requires in order to return to your first love with Him.

Make a list of your past spiritual behaviors and compare them to now. What is God showing you?

How do you need to apply the first love, two-step process? Be specific.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

January 22, 2015

Read: Revelation 2:5-7, Luke 22:19, 2 Peter 1:5-9

How can “forgetfulness” negatively impact your walk with the Lord? Give examples

How can “reflecting back” be helpful? How often do you reflect back on your walk with Jesus? Why?

Take time to prayerfully journal your thoughts, reflecting back on your love for Jesus. What has changed?