How did we see God move this week as we tried to live out the Spirit’s leading? What challenges did we encounter? What victories can we celebrate?

Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4 and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it.

5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” 6 And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne.

8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, 10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”

Recall from Sunday:

Revelation 5:1-4 – Humanity failed to accomplish God’s purposes

Revelation 5:5-7 – But Jesus conquered as the lamb who was slain

Revelation 5:8-10 – so that we might be his kings and priests ruling on earth

Reflect: What sticks out to you personally from the passage?

What impacted you on a personal level from Sunday’s sermon?

John weeps because the scroll of God’s purposes couldn’t be opened (at first). Sometimes it feels like God is never going to move forward with his plan as things go from bad to worse around us. Have you been discouraged recently by the state of the world or problems in your own life? How can Jesus’s death and resurrection bring hope to your perspective?

Jesus’s authority works differently than the world’s. He conquers by laying down his life for us. Are there places in your life you are tempted to use authority the world’s way? How can you instead model the love of Jesus?

The season of Lent runs this year between Wednesday, February 14 and Easter on April 1. This period is an excellent time to establish new patterns in your life to draw closer to Jesus. If we draw strength from worship and a life of prayer to live like Jesus did, what new habits could you establish this Lent to do that? Consider establishing partnerships in your group to spur each other on towards meeting with Jesus.