Revelation 1:1-20
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9.17.2017_Discussion_Questions_To_Dream_and_Stop_Dreaming  

  • What things in this world feel miraculous or too great for your comprehension—things that make you stand in wonder, in mystery or paradox?
  • Have you ever experienced a time when you felt God whispering into your ear?
  • In what ways have you been taught that science is “more real” than spirituality?
  • In this sermon, Peter said, “Maybe the Revelation is not just a metaphor and the mystery, paradox, and wonder in those statements don’t mean that they’re less real than this world, but that they’re more real than this world.”
  • In Revelation, we read that the churches are lampstands, which Jesus walks amongst. Jesus holds seven stars in his hands, which are the angels of the churches. If you begin thinking about this as literal as opposed to metaphorical, how does this affect the way you think about your life in this world, about faith, and science?
  • Do you think that natural law, science, and spirituality can live in harmony in our understanding of the way the world works and we work?
  • As Peter mentioned in the sermon, science itself has shown that space and time are something like a dream.
    Almost one hundred years ago, Albert Einstein said, “Reality is an illusion albeit a very persistent one.” He also said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” As if faith is the foundation of all fact. Physicists are saying things like, “Dreams are more solid than matter!” As if all of physics is somehow a dream—this world is your dream.
  • If you knew this world, this life, was just a dream, how would you live it differently?
  • What incidents in this life have felt uncomfortable and like something external is trying to disrupt your dreams? How did those disruptions feel then? How do you feel about them now?
  • During this sermon, Peter said, “Perhaps every time you long for the truth the truth is making Himself known to you.” In what areas do you long for truth?
  • Can you hear Truth pursuing you, whispering in your ear when you stop to tap into those longings?
  • If you—part of the Church, and we the Church are a lampstand, and Jesus is the Light (as Scripture reveals), what does that say about your purpose, about the purpose of the Church in this world?

*These questions were created by Kimberly Weynen, Peter Hiett’s assistant.