So? What do you think? Can you help us out and be part of the crowd-sourced, selfie-style video project by sharing something about your Chapter-a-Day experience? We’d love to have 10-15 voices championing the value of scripture reading and the Bible! But it won’t happen without you!
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:
- Capture a 15-45 second video
- SHOOT IT ‘landscape’ (wide), NOT ‘portrait’ (up and down)
- Try for good lighting and good audio
- Introduce yourself
- No need to have read 1100 days straight! Just share your journey, your experience and what it has meant to you! Celebrate that, we as a church, did this!
- Send video to Kirsten, our videographer for editing: firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday MIDNIGHT, Jan. 26. (earlier is even better!)
- DON’T BE SHY! YOUR CHURCH NEEDS TO HEAR YOUR VOICE! THIS IS A CHANCE TO CELEBRATE GOD’S WORD & IT’S IMPACT! LET’S DO THIS TOGETHER!
- We will edit the videos together and reserve the right to take segments or portions of each video to create a single video
There are obviously a number of ways to read and interpret The Book of Revelation! Some look at each chapter in another clue along the journey of the end-times-map!
However, there are others who read this book and see what is being painted with each sentence and chapter more like an abstract painted picture!
Some will read this book as a literal pre-telling of events to come and try to picture the scenes and creatures being foretold…
While others use the mental images being painted to draw significance and broader meaning from each scene and character, much like we do from C.S. Lewis’, ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’!
As I read our chapter this morning, I’m struck by the impact in my own soul, of the picture being painted!
Vs 1-8 – there is a ‘calling out’ and a ‘sealing’ of a select group of people!
On the film-screen of my mind, they may look like 12,000 people chosen from each of the 12 tribes of Israel, but for me, this simply means ‘a very large group comprised of the children of God’! The seal represents ownership. The seal represents protection. These are a people, who have been living under the trials, challenges and tribulations of chapter 6, who are marked for something special. They are identified as God’s own!
This idea of ‘seal’ is not foreign to scripture!
John 6:24 – But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.”
Ephesians 1:13 – And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,
Ephesians 4:30 – And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
2 Timothy 2:19 – Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”
For me, the first half of the vision stirs in me a desire to be counted as those who are sealed. Those who are sanctified and set aside. Those who are numbered amongst the saints!
The second half of the chapter, although a different vision in time and location, stirs my heart with similar sensations: I want to endure difficulties, trampling horsemen, tribulations and challenges to my faith in order to be found amongst those worshipping around the throne!
I believe this is to be the condition and the state of every Christ-follower…
They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white.
15 “That is why they stand in front of God’s throne and serve him day and night in his Temple.
And he who sits on the throne
will give them shelter.
16 They will never again be hungry or thirsty;
they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun.
17 For the Lamb on the throne
will be their Shepherd.
He will lead them to springs of life-giving water.
And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”
For me, this chapter isn’t so much a secret treasure map that walks us through a future apocalypse as much as it is The Artist’s painting of ‘discipleship’! The people who are God’s and claim followership of Jesus are those who are set apart, sealed, washed holy in a substance not-of-their-own-doing and have endured the many tests of their faith, constantly worshipping the Father!
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