A sermon and small group series in the book of Revelation

Let's be honest: the book of Revelation can be intimidating, confusing, and even scary. Because of this, many Christians avoid it altogether. This 7-week series is designed to help modern readers make sense of John's vision in a way that unravels the mystery and makes the primary messages just as relevant today as they were in the first-century. It will also redefine "apocalypse," demystify the symbolism, confront our tendencies toward syncretism and compromise, challenge our faith, and focus our hope on Christ, the King and the renewal of all things. Revelation reminds us that EVEN WHEN IT LOOKS LIKE EVIL IS WINNING, CHRIST HAS ALREADY WON.


We encourage you to utilize these resources for our series. The content is designed to help you grow in community and individually, and also to share with others who might benefit from them.


Discussion Guides for small groups are updated by the end of day on Friday each week and coincide with the sermon for that week.


Our daily word of encouragement videos also reinforce what is taught on Sunday mornings. You can access our videos on social media, the home page of our website, in our enewsletter, and on our YouTube channel.


Pastor Doug has been sharing tools for our toolbox that help us to understand what we read in Revelation. Our friends from the Bible Project have great videos on these tools, so we are featuring them in our resources.

TOOLS:  Literary Style and Historical Context

To see more Bible Project content, on how to read the Bible, click here.


Listen to some of the worship songs that we sing on Sundays from our Spotify playlist. It's a great way to engage in worship while you drive, do chores, or exercise, and it's also a way to fill your home with truth and peace and joy.
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The Theology of the Book of Revelation          
by Richard Bauckham  
Reading Revelation Responsibly
 by Michael Gorman 
Breaking the Code                                                            
by Bruce Metzger 
Four Views on the Book of Revelation                
by Stanley Gundry and C. Marvin Pate  
Apocalypse and Allegiance
by J. Nelson Kraybill 
Between Two Trees
 by Dr. Shane Wood
Reversed Thunder
by Eugene H. Peterson 
The Message of Revelation
by Michael Wilcock  
Surprised by Hope
by N.T. Wright


RightNow Media VIDEOS

We encourage you to use the RightNow Media digital library for your own discipleship, and to share content with anyone in your life who is looking for hope, truth, and help in topics such as marriage, parenting, and other common life experiences. Do a search on our weekly topics and find some great supplemental material. There is also great content for kids! 
RightNow Media is a digital video library you have free access to through Ventura Missionary.  For details and sign up information, click on the tab below.
Revelation Video Series  on RightNow Media by Shane Wood


The Bible Project Videos on Revelation         
Another Helpful Video by the Bible Project       
*PLEASE NOTE: Ventura Missionary Church, and our leadership (including Pastor Doug) does not endorse every idea or theological perspective in these resources; however, we have found them to be helpful resources in developing a well-rounded understanding  about our teaching series.