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Chapter 1

Apocalypse Now!

Sermon on Jan 7, 2001

Revelation 1:1

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it...

Sermon on Dec 1, 2019

Revelation 1:1-8

Well we’re going to look at Christmas from that same perspective over the next few weeks. To view Christmas, to view Christ’s birth not as it was promised in the Old Testament, not from the shadow of the cross as the Gospel writers present it to us, but from the spotlight, the spotlight of Christ’s return and what that means for the Christmas message. What that means is...

Behold, A Throne

Revelation is probably the most neglected New Testament book, I suspect for at least two reasons. First, it is frankly complex and mysterious, isn’t it, full of strange metaphors, bizarre beasts; symbolic numbers laden with rich allusions to the Old Testament and to its imagery. And quite often as a result to the casual reader in 2016, let’s be honest, it can be very difficult to understand. We...

Advent 2019

Sermon on Dec 8, 2019

Revelation 1:9-20

And so I’d like us to think about the victory of Christmas this evening, and to do that, we really need to think about that victory from the lens of the Old Testament. Because to understand the book of Revelation, you really need to think about it from the lens of what the Old Testament has first said. The clues to understanding all the symbols and all the...

Behold, A Throne

 John, you will recall, has heard a heavenly voice, a voice, verse 10 says, was “like a trumpet,” commissioning him to write what he sees and hears and send it as a letter to the seven churches in Asia Minor. And now as he turns to look for the one who is speaking to him, I want you to notice the striking way that he puts it in...

Sermon on Feb 2, 2014

Revelation 1:9-20

Good morning to you.  I’ve told folks last night and this morning that our having sent you Molly and Wiley Lowry and their three cute kids, you owe us big time for that!  I’m delighted to be here.  It was a joy to be here this weekend for the Men’s Rally, something that Jim Baird and some others of you started twenty-nine years ago.  It’s a great tradition. ...

Chapter 2

Apocalypse Now!

Sermon on Jan 14, 2001

Revelation 2:1-3:22

"To the angel of the church in Thyatira write:

These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.

Nevertheless, I have this against you...

Behold, A Throne

Sermon on Apr 10, 2016

Revelation 2:1-7

The book of Revelation, you will remember, opens with the remarkable vision given to John of the exalted Christ walking in the midst of the lampstands, symbolic of His presence in the midst of His Church. And He has commissioned the apostle John to write in a letter the things that he hears and sees and he is to send it to seven churches in Asia Minor. And...

Behold, A Throne

So far we’ve considered two of the common threats to the spiritual vitality of the church addressed in this part of the book of Revelation. In Ephesus, the church had lost its first love. It had entered a period of spiritual declination. It remained theologically orthodox; it was busy serving, but its love and its passion for Christ had been obscured and lost sight of and neglected. And...

Behold, A Throne

Sermon on Apr 17, 2016

Revelation 2:12-17

The city of Smyrna, present day Izmir in Turkey, was built on a hill often called the “Crown of Smyrna.” Look at verse 10. Those who are faithful sufferers for Jesus in the city of Smyrna will be given a better crown, a crown of life. Jesus, you see, wants them to endure when faithfulness to Him becomes really costly. He wants them to be like rocks on...

Behold, A Throne

Listening is a skill that we all need to cultivate, but we all sometimes fail to deploy. Isn’t that the case? This came home to me last week when I read a story from the BBC about Mr. Mark Patterson. Mark Patterson is the stadium announcer for the Dairy City Soccer Stadium in Ireland. And as often happens, I suppose it’s part of the daily duties, the regular...

Chapter 3

Behold, A Throne

Please take a copy of the holy Scriptures and turn with me in them to Revelation chapter 3. Revelation chapter 3 at verse 1. You’ll find that on page 1029 in our church Bibles. We’re reading the message of the risen Christ now to the church in the city of Sardis. You will recall, if you’ve been with us over these weeks as we’ve studied the...


The Lord's Day Evening

September 30, 2007

Revelation 3:7-13

“A Letter from Jesus”

Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Please be seated. Now turn with me if you would to the last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation — a book that often intimidates and frightens and terrifies, because of its use of apocalyptic imagery involving colors and numbers and so on — but we're in none...

Behold, A Throne

Now if you would please take a copy of God’s holy Word in your hands and turn to Revelation chapter 3 at the seventh verse. You’ll find that on page 1029 if you’re using one of our church Bibles. We have been working through the book of Revelation and studying seven messages for the churches of Asia Minor given to the Apostle John by the risen...

Sermon on Feb 25, 2007

Revelation 3:7-13

The Lord's Day Morning

February 25, 2007

Revelation 3:7-13

Missions Conference 2007

The Keys and Open Doors

Dr. Douglas F. Kelly

Well, it has been a great joy to be back here at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson. Every time I come back I realize in a sense how much we gave up when we left–or requested...

Behold, A Throne

Sermon on May 22, 2016

Revelation 3:14-22

If you would please open your Bibles at the last book of the Scriptures, the book of Revelation, chapter 3. We’re considering the words of verses 14 to 22 and you’ll find that on page 1030. We’ve come tonight to the last of the letters of Christ to the seven churches with which the book of Revelation opens. We’ll be taking a break here for the summer in...

Chapter 4

Behold, A Throne

Well, some of you will remember, as I said before we took our break at the beginning of the summer we were working through the letters of the risen Christ to the seven churches of Asia Minor with which the book of Revelation opens. And they offered a penetrating, sometimes uncomfortable, examination of life in these seven representative congregations. These were churches struggling with false teaching. For some...

Apocalypse Now!

Sermon on Feb 4, 2001

Revelation 4:1-5:14

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." At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And...

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