Sep 2015 - May 2016
Journey through the apocalypse of Jesus Christ as recorded in the final book of the Bible: Revelation. Under the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, the Apostle John wrote down these words of prophecy so that tired souls might discover anew the enduring hope we are freely given. Join us at Mount Olive as we get a better understanding of this 22-chapter book and grow together as followers of Christ through our message series, "Revelation: Enduring Hope for Tired Souls."
Passage: Revelation 22:6-21
Everything that the Apostle John has heard and seen throughout this Revelation is trustworthy and true. We receive God’s Word in the same way. We know God’s Word is trustworthy and true because the source, Jesus Himself, is “Faithful and True” (Revelation 19:11). And what is the fitting response to the glorious vision of Jesus that we’ve been given? It’s twofold. First, we fall at His feet and worship Him. Secondly, we “open the scroll” and witness to others of what Christ has done, is doing, and will bring to completion on the Day He comes again. Not once, not twice, but three times, Jesus says in Revelation 22, “I am coming soon!” And to that glorious promise we join with the Church of every time and every place in saying, “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!”
Passage: Revelation 22:1-5
Flowing down the center of God’s eternal city is the river of life. John is there. And so are you. The tree of life, from which sinful mankind was blocked in Genesis 3, is now mysteriously growing on both sides of this river. With this tree comes healing. Healing for all nations. Healing for all sinners. Healing for you in the presence of Jesus Christ Himself. Come with John the Apostle today as the angel gives us a tour of heaven. Savor what your Savior has prepared for you on that eternal Day when the curse is reversed and paradise is restored.
Passage: Revelation 21:1-27
Death is gone. Only life remains. Revelation 21 paints the picture of the “Holy City,” God’s eternal kingdom, inviting into it all who share in Christ’s victory and have their names written in the book of life. Journey with John the Apostle today as he witnesses for us the splendor of everlasting life, helping us to fix our eyes on the one Pearl, the lasting Jewel of heaven, who alone gives new, unending life to all who receive Him.
Passage: Revelation 20:7-15
Today's message continues where we left off last week: the "millennium" of the Lord Jesus Christ as described in Revelation 20. On the Last Day, Jesus will completely destroy the devil, after he wages a final, desperate assault on the church. After Jesus is done with him, the devil will never again terrorize God's people! Jesus will "open the books" as all will stand before Him to give an account of their lives. Once death itself has been put to death, only life will remain. And who doesn't love life?
Passage: Revelation 20:1-6
Revelation chapter 20 is one of the most disputed chapters of this book, perhaps of the entire Bible. Bible-believing Christians have various interpretations of the “millennium,” the 1,000-year reign of Jesus Christ, which this chapter describes. The purpose of this cosmic vision of the End Times is not to frighten us, but to encourage us to stay focused. Apart from Christ, the various aspects of Revelation 20 will come untied (much like our lives come untied when we don’t have Christ as our “hub”). Centered on Him, the message of the millennium is united and will prove to be a source of joy for those who trust in Jesus.
Passage: Revelation 19:11-21
There’s no one like Jesus. Riding on a white horse escorted by the angelic armies, eyes piercing, sword protruding from His mouth, the words inscribed on this Warrior say it all: He alone is “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”! There’s no one like Jesus! Today’s message helps us to see the power of the Word of God--both the message that Jesus speaks and the message Jesus embodies as the faithful, final spokesman of truth. Be uplifted today as you see the evil one brought down. In the victory of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, receive the promise of life eternal for all who give their lives to Him.
Passage: Revelation 19:1-10
Seven words changed the history of the world: “He is not here; He has risen” (Luke 24:6). What the angels announced in the Easter Gospel is further celebrated in the worship service of Revelation 19. In this Easter Sunday message, Pastor Jeff Alexander helps us to see how the hallelujahs of heaven inspire us to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. What Jesus inaugurated on the day of His Resurrection, He will bring to completion on the Day of His return. Those who trust in Him are invited to His “wedding supper,” where we will forever feast with Him who lives and reigns to all eternity.
Passage: Revelation 17:1-18 & 18:1-24
“Babylon” describes the evil forces that oppose Jesus and His work of redemption. In Revelation chapters 17-18, “Babylon” is condemned for her spiritual harlotry. Knowing neither lasting loyalty nor genuine love, the enemies of Christ mislead people and seek to destroy their lives. However, on the Day of Christ’s return, “Babylon” herself will be demolished, and those who remain loyal to the Lamb of God will share in His victory. In this Palm Sunday message by Pastor Jeff Alexander, we’re invited to prepare for the Day of Christ’s coming with sincere songs of praise and humble hearts of faith.
Passage: Revelation 16:1-21
Seven angels holding seven bowls pour out the wrath of heaven upon the earth in the vivid vision of Revelation ch. 16. Even in His judgments, the Lord is just and true. Do we trust His justice as much as we trust His love? Both are perfect. Both are for the purpose of drawing people to Him in repentance and faith. Today’s message concludes with the stage being set for the final showdown, “Armageddon,” and the call of Jesus for His church to remain alert and ready for Him to return in glory.
Passage: Revelation 15:1-8
World War One was said to be “the war to end all wars.” Obviously, it wasn’t. The only “war” that will bring an end to all warfare and to all of Satan’s abuse of God’s creation is the return of Christ on the “Day to end all days.” As Revelation chapter 15 describes, the 2nd Coming of Jesus will completely destroy the evil foe and his work, so that we can be completely delivered from God’s wrath and brought into His presence forever.
Passage: Revelation 14:14-20
Reading Revelation verse-by-verse has led to many good questions from listeners--a lot of the questions focused on what happens to the body and the soul of a believer when he or she dies. This week’s message seeks to tackle some of those questions and to help us better understand the biblical teaching about the “harvest” of Resurrection which Jesus Christ will bring about on the Last Day. As we wait patiently for the 2nd Coming of the Son of Man, we boldly share the saving message of His Word with the world He longs to gather to Himself.
Passage: Revelation 14:6-13
The angels pictured in Revelation 14:6-13 reveal the mission of the church. Following the lead of the heavenly messenger who bears the "eternal gospel," Christ-followers are called to extend Jesus' personal invitation for all to repent of sin and believe the good news. Through the good news of Christ's life, death and resurrection, the Holy Spirit is working to change people's hearts and lives. What a gift it is to be part of Christ's own mission to share His "eternal gospel" with the world.
Feb 14, 2016 by Pastor Jeff Alexander
Passage: Revelation 14:1-5
Turning away from the ugliness of Satan's "unholy Trinity," the Apostle John now helps us to fix our eyes on Jesus, the Lamb of God, who alone is the Victor over the evil one. Based on Revelation 14:1-5, today's message helps us to look up to Jesus and find our place in the mass choir of His children, singing an endless "new song" of praise to the One who has redeemed us for a life of following Him.
Sunday, Feb 07, 2016 by Pastor Jeff Alexander
Passage: Revelation 13:11-18
666. Even people who've never read Revelation know that 666 is "Satan's number," what this week's reading calls "the number of the beast." But what is the number's significance? What does it say about the enemy and his attempts to mislead the masses? Although the "unholy Trinity" tries to mimic the Triune God, he is no match for the One who has marked and sealed us through faith in Jesus Christ.
Jan 31, 2016 by Pastor Jeff Alexander
Passage: Revelation 13:1-10
Satan is a phony. Disguising himself as an "anti-Trinity" in Revelation ch. 13, the evil one reveals himself in the form of "the beast from the sea". Using the limited time and reach he's given until the Day of Christ's return and his ultimate destruction, the devil unleashes his fury. The only hope for overcoming the beast's attacks is through the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. Through faith in Him, God's children patiently endure their trials and rely solely upon the faithfulness of their heavenly Father.
Jan 24, 2016 by Pastor Jeff Alexander
Passage: Revelation 12:1-17
The cast of characters in Revelation 12 includes a pregnant woman, a male child and a vicious red dragon. Enter into this striking scene today as we seek a better understanding of what God reveals about the saving work of His Son. Although Satan and his minions seek to devour God's Son and attack His people, they are hurled down in a sweeping display of everlasting victory that Jesus Christ gives to all who trust in Him.
Jan 17, 2016 by Pastor Jeff Alexander
Passage: Revelation 11:14-19
Do you ever feel like your life is going around and around in an endless circle? Many people feel that way. Life in Christ is different, as we will see in this week's message. Revelation 11:14-19 gives us direction as we find hope in the promises of God and discover our place in His kingdom, which endures forever and ever!
Passage: Revelation 11:1-13
This week's message from Revelation 11:1-13 marks the half-way point in our series through the Book of Revelation. As we continue to marvel at the mysteries which Jesus Himself reveals, today we see what it means to be an active participant in God's story of salvation. Equipped to be the "two witnesses," the church of Jesus serves her Savior by letting the world know who He is and what He has done.
Passage: Revelation 10:1-11
In this first message of the New Year 2016, Pastor Jeff continues teaching from Revelation 10:1-11. This vision of the "mighty angel" reminds the church of the Lord's faithfulness and our mission: to bring God's Word to the world. Serving up some "Sweet 'n Sour Scroll", God feeds us with His hand and reveals to us His mystery--Jesus Christ Himself.
Passage: Revelation 8:6-9:21
The vision of the seven trumpeting angels in Revelation chapters 8-9 almost reads like an Edgar Allen Poe novel. The imagery is striking, even creepy at times, and it is sure to stick with you. Yet, the point is clear. Trusting in created things will only result in hopelessness. Trusting in the Lord Himself--revealed to us in the person and work of Jesus--is the only way of discovering lasting hope and true purpose for your life.
Passage: Isaiah 1:17-18 & Revelation 1:4-6
Starbucks cups sure did make the headlines this holiday season, didn't they? Little did we know that a simple, red cup could get such a reaction! In this special message for CHRISTmas 2015, Pastor Jeff Alexander (with a little assistance from the "Queen of Caffeine," Saint Arbucks herself) helps us to see how seven different "Christmas Cups" can help us understand the true meaning of Jesus Christ coming into the world for us. May your cups be filled with His grace!
Passage: Revelation 8:1-5
Silence. Ever heard of it? Silence is a rarity in today's noisy world. Revelation 8:1-5 says that heaven itself was filled with the sound of silence for a half an hour. This "Silent Night" prepared God's messengers for what He was about to do. As we approach Christmas, the silence we all need gets us ready for the ultimate deliverance that Jesus Christ comes to give.
Passage: Revelation 7:1-17
Revelation chapter 7 uplifts our spirits with a beautiful vision of the kingdom of heaven. With the Father on His throne and with Jesus as the Lamb whose blood washes us clean, the multitude of saints sing their unending praise. Let's join with them! And as we do, we will be comforted by the numbered security we have as God's own people and by the innumerable blessings we unworthily receive from His gracious hand.
Passage: Revelation 6:1-17
Revelation 6:1-17 is a lot like your Dad telling you something that, although at first you don't like to hear it, you know it's true and for your good. In today's message, Pastor Jeff helps us to better understand John's disturbing vision of the "Four Horsemen" and to find our hope, not in who we are or what we can do, but in the Prince of Peace--who He is and what He does to save His people.
Passage: Revelation 5:1-14
As John continues his guided tour of heaven, he sees the Lamb at the center of the Father's throne. This is the place where Jesus Christ is meant to be--at the center of the universe and at the center of your heart and life. His shed blood purchases you for God and gives you the purpose of serving Him in His forever kingdom. Enjoy being shown many images of heaven in this week's message from Revelation 5:1-14.
Passage: Revelation 4:1-11
Do you feel like the world is "going to hell in a hand-basket"? If you do, today's message is just for you! Drawn from Revelation 4:1-11, today's teaching gives us a vision of the throne room of heaven. Heavenly glory is the antidote to the hell-let-loose of our world. May your soul be encouraged as you take part in Revelation (Part 10) by Pastor Jeff Alexander.
Passage: Revelation 3:14-22
In the letter to the church at Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22), Jesus says He is the "AMEN" of God. Confirming and affirming all that God is, says, and does, Jesus rebukes His own people for their "lukewarm" ways. The Savior's spat proves to be a blessing in disguise, giving us a chance to repent and open the door to the mercy He so freely gives.
Passage: Revelation 3:7-13
Today's message opens the door for us to meet Jesus as the holder of "the key of David" (Revelation 3:7-13). As the One who welcomes sinners into the presence of the King, Jesus gives new life to those who believe. Like he did for the ancient Christians in the city of Philadelphia (not Pennsylvania), Jesus continues to place His name and His claim upon your life today!
Passage: Revelation 3:1-6
Jesus doesn't pull any punches in His words to the church at Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6). In today's message, Pastor Jeff Alexander helps us to see how Jesus' words cut straight to the heart and powerfully work to wake us up to the life in the Spirit that He gives to those whose names are in the "book of life."
Passage: Revelation 2:18-29
In this sermon for Reformation Sunday, Pastor Jeff Alexander leads us through Jesus' words to the Church in Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29), By God's grace, we receive Jesus' commendation, take to heart His rebuke about "that woman Jezebel" and then are encouraged by His promise to send the "Morning Star" to us. Enjoy part 6 of our REVELATION series!
Passage: Revelation 2:12-17
In Part 5 of our REVELATION series, Pastor Bob Armao from Lutheran High School of Indianapolis leads us through Jesus' words to the Church in Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17). Christ Jesus, the One who bears the "double-edged sword," is the Giver of the "hidden manna" which truly satisfies our souls.
Passage: Revelation 2:8-11
In Part 4 of our REVELATION series, Seminarian Kevin Thomson guides us through Revelation 2:8-11, the Letter to the Church in Smyrna. Jesus has promised His own "victor's crown" to those who follow Him.
Passage: Revelation 2:1-7
Today, listen to Pastor Jeff Alexander as he takes you through Paul's letter to the Church in Ephesus in Revelation 2:1-7.
Passage: Revelation 1:9-20
In Part 2 of our Revelation series, Pastor Jeff Alexander helps us understand the symbolism and imagery of Revelation 1:9-20, as John encounters the voice of the "Son of Man" and experiences Him in all His glory. As we learn in today's message, Jesus Christ "holds the keys" of death, transforming it into unending life for those who believe. Does Jesus "hold the keys" in your life?
Passage: Revelation 1:1-8
Today's message is the introduction to our new message series, "Revelation: Enduring Hope for Tired Souls." As we journey verse-by-verse through the 22 chapters of the Bible's final book, we'll see, again and again, how God "uncovers" His truth by revealing Jesus to us.
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