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Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from Revelation 19:6b.

Have you heard of a “flash mob”, where a large group of people do something unexpected, like suddenly singing or lying down in a busy public place? Perhaps you have seen a video clip of one. Do you think it would be fun?

What is the largest crowd you have ever been in? What is the largest crowd you have ever heard of or seen?

What would it be like if all those people were singing and saying great and good things about God? Do you think it would be fun?

 

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The story so far…

The Christians living in the first century were suffering greatly for their faith. John’s amazing visions tell the story of how all evil powers are defeated by Jesus. Crowds of believers in heaven will shout, “Praise the Lord!” That time will be like a great wedding feast. The risen Jesus – who gave his life like a lamb sacrificed for his people – is the wedding groom. The beautiful church, made right with God through Jesus, is the bride. Everyone who belongs to Jesus is invited to the feast.

Now read Revelation 19:5–10 together.

 

What happened next…

Then Satan (the devil) and all his powers will be destroyed. At the end of time there will be judgement on all people for what they have done. But people who trust in Jesus have their names written in the book of life and they will live with God for ever.

 

Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 126 together.

 

Did you know…?

Worship This will be the response that everyone has to the Lamb (remember that John the Baptist referred to Jesus as the Lamb of God). But the new heaven and the new earth will not be like a boring church service! It is the awesome reign of the King of peace and goodness – and we’ll all play a part.

Apocalyptic The words in the book of Revelation are a kind of writing called “apocalyptic”. The writer has some strange visions about the future. He may be writing secretly and using a kind of code about things that were happening in his own day.

 

Try it out

All over the world, people worship. Some worship false gods. Some bow down with their face to the ground. Others dance or sing or offer sacrifices. Some say they don’t worship anything but they spend their life making lots of money or thinking only about winning or being successful. Maybe they worship those things.

Christians worship the one true God who created everything. It’s good to worship in church but you can worship in other places, too. And there are lots of different ways to worship. What makes you feel close to God? How do you show God that you love him? That’s worship!

Do you have others with whom to worship? Talk about it with your Bible Coach.

 

Talk to God

Worship God by singing some of your favourite songs of praise – or make up your own.

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