Background
• Revelation was written by the apostle John around 95 AD while he was in prison on the island of Patmos. He was the only Apostle left by this time and was an old man.
• There was wide-spread persecution of the Christians of that day and would only get worse in the century to follow. John was writing this letter to seven churches in Asia as a revelation of God’s will for them and for the church of all ages to come.
• This is the fourth letter in the New Testament that names Ephesus as a recipient; the others being 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and the letter to the Ephesians by Paul.

Stay focused as you follow Christ

Deeds Propel
You have Worked Hard
You have Persevered
James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Doctrine Grips
You have been Challenged
You have Passed the test.
• 1 Timothy 4:16 “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”

Love is the Heart that Beats
Love the Lord your God.
Love your neighbor as yourself.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.”