Heaven: The Throne Room of the Universe

  • Looking Through the Doorway of Heaven
    (#01)

    Date: Feb 12, 2012 | Passage: Revelation 4

    Heaven is the word God uses for where we as believers are headed. Heaven is mysterious to many, and a place of many fanciful speculations. But, God’s Word has given us all He wants us to know about Heaven. As we open to Revelation 4, we open to the first words of the only guided tour of Heaven found in God's Word.

  • The One Seated on the Throne
    (#02)

    Date: Feb 19, 2012 | Passage: Revelation 4:2-3

    God wants us to orient every day of our lives to the truth that He is seated above each moment of our lives. Opening to Revelation 4 & 5 is much like remembering that the blazing stars of a cloudless night are always there, we just rarely see them. So, we must not let the rest of life distract us from the foundational truths that we must always remember as we open our hearts and minds to God's Word. As we open to Revelation 4:2-3, we see not only The Throne central to Heaven, we also see the One seated on the Throne.

  • The Father We All Need is the One Seated on the Throne of Heaven
    (#03)

    Date: Feb 26, 2012 | Passage: Isaiah 6

    Jesus left us an outline of a prayer to frame each day of our lives: the Lord’s Prayer. That prayer starts with the first, and most vital choice we can make each day: to focus upon God. What did God intend for that focus to do for us? Why would Christ instruct His disciples, and us who follow, to start every prayer with a conscious focusing upon God in heaven? Before we come boldly to the Throne of God, we must also see it through the lens of all the other times God chooses to show The Throne to us. Grace has opened to us this most amazing place!

  • The Sounds & Sights Around the Throne of Our Awesome God
    (#04)

    Date: Mar 4, 2012 | Passage: Ezekiel 1

    Most of our lives are dominated by the physical world: our health, the weather, our family, our car, our job, etc. The Holy Scriptures each of us hold, were designed to transport our minds away from our physically-dominated-world that is easiest for us to see and feel; and to transport our minds onto the spiritually-dominated world of God’s Throne.

  • Getting Ready Each Day to Stand at the Awesome Throne of God
    (#05)

    Date: Mar 11, 2012 | Passage: Romans 14:10

    Awesome has lost a bit of its meaning to us in the 21st Century. In the Bible, God is described as awesome, and when He is present there is such a sense of wonder: that it bordered on fear. This awesomeness was an overpowering sense of God’s glory that could be felt.

  • The Map of the Future God Left in His Word
    (#06)

    Date: Mar 18, 2012 | Passage: Revelation 1-22

    God wrote down an inspired record of the history of the world: from the time when John was sitting on Patmos in AD 95, right up to the very end of days. That is what you are holding in your hands this morning. Today, the facts about what God has said, describing the future of every person in the world, are crucial. The facts that God has given to us are quite clear. The ability to precisely tell the future is part of God’s uniquely Divine identity.

  • Worship 101: Who are True Worshippers
    (#07)

    Date: Mar 25, 2012 | Passage: Revelation 4-5

    John has been in a perpetual state of amazement from chapter one onward. What he has seen has repeatedly overwhelmed him. Once again in this final chapter, John sees such incredible sights that all he can do is fall down. Here we get to the final chapter, of the final book: where we see the final word on worship, given to us by God. Here God instructs us on the most important of all subjects.

  • A Theology of True Worship
    (#08)

    Date: Apr 22, 2012 | Passage: Revelation 4

    Towering over all our daily lives and worship we offer as believers: is the Throne of our God the King. When we pray it’s to the Throne of our Hallowed Father who is King in Heaven that we are to address our prayers. When we struggle it is to the Throne of our King of Grace and Mercy that we cry to out for help in time of need. When we serve it is our King who tests all our good works by His refining fire, and then passes out all rewards, that we prepare to stand before. When we worship it is the Throne of God our King, surrounded by the numberless hosts who join with us, that we sync our worship with.

  • The Foundations of True Biblical Worship
    (#09)

    Date: Apr 29, 2012 | Passage: Revelation 4

    What kind of worship does God accept? This question about is vital to every believer because if our worship is not built upon the foundation that God has laid down: it is not Biblical. And if our worship is not Biblical: it does not please God, nor does He accept that worship. Think about that for a moment. That means that any worship not offered the way that God has dictated is unacceptable worship.

  • The Essentials of True Biblical Worship
    (#10)

    Date: May 6, 2012 | Passage: Revelation 4:10-11

    As we open to Rev. 4:10, we are looking at the other side of the worship spectrum. Last time we saw what always makes worship unacceptable to God. This week we are looking at what always makes our worship acceptable and pleasing to God. As we read these words, think about what you are looking at as we see a picture of the 24 elders; most likely, each of these 24 men seated on the inner circle of the Throne were formerly imperfect sinners, saved by grace, cleansed each day by the sacrifice of Christ, glorified at the moment of their death, and now in Heaven offering perfected worship.

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