Blessed Are Those Who Overcome (Revelation 21:1-7)
1. In vs.1-6 John described the dwelling place prepared for the Lord's faithful followers [additional information is given in Revelation 22:1-5]. 2. According to vs.7, we must "overcome" [to conquer, to prevail, to gain the victory] in order to spend eternity with the Lord. 3. In our lesson we are emphasizing the principle: "Blessed are those who overcome." 4. As we go through 2021 let us remember our responsibility to overcome. Discussion: I. LET US OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD
A. This responsibility is given in Romans 12:21. B. More specific instructions are given in vs.17-20. C. Let us follow the Lord's example (1 Peter 2:21-23). II. LET US OVERCOME THE WORLD
A. This responsibility is given in 1 John 5:4-5. B. More specific instructions are given in 1 John 2:15-17. C. Let us follow the Lord's example (John 16:33). III. LET US HEED THE ADMONITIONS TO OVERCOME GIVEN TO THE 7 CHURCHES IN ASIA (Revelation 2-3)
A. Revelation 2:7 (Ephesus) B. Revelation 2:11 (Smyrna) C. Revelation 2:17 (Pergamos) D. Revelation 2:26-28 (Thyatira) E. Revelation 3:5 (Sardis) F. Revelation 3:12 (Philadelphia) G. Revelation 3:21 (Laodicea) Conclusion: As the title of our lesson suggests: "Blessed are those who overcome."