God’s Warning to Seven Churches
Look! I am coming quickly… I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Revelation 22:12-13
Jesus loves the church. The church is made up of people who have trusted in Jesus, who are committed to one another, and who meet together to worship Jesus and share the gospel. Jesus loves the church as His bride. (See Eph. 5:25-27; Rev. 19:7-9.) Jesus’ message to seven local churches called them to turn away from their sin and remain faithful to Him. The Lord is slow to anger (Ex. 34-6-7) and patient, wanting everyone to repent (2 Pet. 3:9).
FAMILY TIME #1
Read Revelation 1-3. Jesus loves the church. He sent a message to seven churches to warn them. Jesus said that people should stop sinning and turn to Him. Jesus rescues sinners and changes them to be like Him.
What was Jesus’ warning to the seven churches?
FAMILY TIME #2
Open your Bible to Revelation 1–3 and briefly review Jesus’ message to the churches. Invite a family member to read Revelation 3:19. Talk about how Jesus loved each of these churches, and He warned them against sinning. Jesus also encouraged them to do what is right. Invite family members to write or draw encouraging notes to one another this week.
FAMILY TIME #3 Write words
Write on index cards key words from the Bible story, such as letter, Jesus, John, and churches. Provide magnetic letters and invite your kids to spell the words by sticking them on a metal cookie sheet, using the cards as a guide.
Discuss • Jesus told John to write letters to warn the churches in Asia. What was Jesus’ warning to the seven churches?