Sermons

The Fall of Babylon (Revelation 17:1-19:10)

Brian So, November 26, 2017
Part of the The Returning King (Revelation) series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Main Points.
1. Who is Babylon? What has she done that leads to her destruction? The sexual immorality of Babylon the prostitute is contrasted with the purity of the Bride of Christ, the church. Babylon, the counterfeit church, stands for anything that seduces us away from loving and worshipping our Creator God.
2. What are we to do with the Babylons in our lives? Do not marvel at her because all idolatry is self-destructive. Come out of her.
3. What would motivate us to not choose Babylon over God? You are betrothed to Christ. You belong to Christ. Jesus became the sacrificial lamb that was slain to bear the punishment of the sin of his bride. The God of the universe gave his life for us so that he can grant us the fine linen of his own righteousness to make us his bride and to receive us into his loving arms.

Application Questions:
1. What is the illustration of “Percy Weasley” about? At the heart of the Christian religion is a God who wants to relate to us in an intimate relationship like that between husband and wife. When we put our trust in ourselves or anything other than God, it’s like we cheat on him and we break his heart. How is your relationship with God today? Are you a Percy Weasley at heart? What are some Babylons in your life that are tucking you away from loving God?
2. In what ways is idolatry self-destructive?
3. How do we “come out of Babylon?” What would it look like for you to be in the world and not of the world in your specific situation, whether it’s something related to work or home or some friends or in your romantic relationship? Talk to people in similar situations or industries and figure this out for yourself.
4. What alternate reality, what source of security and identity does Jesus offer you that Babylon cannot?
5. Paul Bacakos: “When she’s everything, I haven’t given up nothing.” How does knowing Jesus’ love for you enable you to live for Jesus today?

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