“A Great Multitude” (Series: Missions and Mercy March)
Scripture: Revelation 7:9-12
Missions in the Bible is much older than just the New Testament. God didn’t just concern himself with it in the Great Commission in Matthew 28. Missions is written all over the pages of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation. Revelation 7 is a vision, giving a glimpse of where God intends to take history. It is a glorious scene of global worship. Apostle John sees “a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages.”
This vision is the fulfillment of the promise made to Abraham in Genesis. The one nation was always meant to lead to every nation, the twelve tribes of Israel to all tribes, and the numbered 144,000 to an unnumbered multitude. God’s intention was always to move from Israel to the nations, from one to the many. From start to finish, Genesis to Revelation, God’s purpose was to bring his salvation blessing in Jesus Christ to every nation. Knowing this is where God is culminating history should affect the way we live our lives now.
The Bible insists that global missions be a priority in the life of a discipleship, not a mere supplemental aspect to the rest of our Christian lives. Although it’s easy to get caught up in the things that are more local and present, we can’t forget about what’s global and future. Passages like Revelation 7:9 serve to reorient us when we lose sight of God’s plan and purpose.
Suggested Group Discussion Questions
- What difference does it make that missions is not just a New Testament idea but is a major theme found all throughout the Bible? What does it say about God’s heart for missions to see it both at the beginning and the end of the Bible?
- Do you think about global missions often? Why or why not? On what occasions or under what circumstances do you think about it? Can you share any experience that really solidified missions as a priority on your heart and in your life?
- Missions may not be a daily reality in your life but what steps can you take to think about it and expose yourself to it more regularly ? Has anything helped you? If so, share.
- Doxology: Express how this sermon helps you understand, appreciate, and worship Jesus more. In what ways has the gospel become more alive to you having read this passage and heard this sermon?
- Response: Formulate a one-sentence prayer that’s informed by the passage and the sermon. This prayer should articulate what you desire to walk away and how you want God to apply it in your life. Have a few people share what they came up with.