The Conquering Church of the Conquering Christ

November 24, 2019 Preacher: Wes Calton Series: Advent & Easter: (Part 1) The Victorious Comings of Christ in John's Revelation

Scripture: Revelation 2:1–29

Key Truth: The conquering Christ calls on his people to conquer sin with all of their hearts.


As you consider your thoughts, feelings, and actions in relation to Jesus, which areas of life to do you feel attracted or gifted in following Jesus?
Where do you think your natural blind spots or weaknesses occur?
Where would you place our community with respect to those same questions?


The call to conquer in love.

Revelation 2:1-7

Where do you struggle most to connect truth with love?
Have you known people who beautifully modeled truth in love and what sort of difference did that make in their life and the lives of those around them?



The call to conquer in truth.

Revelation 2:12-17

Have you experienced or witnessed a departure from truth that made way for immorality? What does it look like for us to put sin to death through the truth of Jesus’s word?



The call to conquer in holiness.

Revelation 2:18-29

What sins do you think our broader culture commends that are a temptation to God’s people?
What about sins that might be commended or tolerated in our sub cultures? (i.e. the South vs. our country as a whole, our local communities vs. the broader church, our neighborhoods, a local university, etc.)



The upside-down nature of conquering in Christ.

Revelation 2:8-11

How does Smyrna’s example most challenge your conception of conquering? 




Where do you see positive and negative overlap for our church with Jesus’s word to the churches of chapter 2?
What about your small groups/communities? Your family? Your personal life?
How might a fresh vision of the Jesus of Revelation encourage or change those areas?