Overcome weakness - Revelation 3:7-13

This is a sermon by Peter Birnie from the Riverside Church service on 17th March 2024.

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Overcome Weakness Handout 


Intro: The little daughter and her loving father


       1) God wants faithfulness in our weakness

“I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name … you have kept my command to endure patiently.”


What was happening to the believers?

  • Doors shut in their faces
  • Excluded
  • Names maligned


And yet they responded with faithfulness;

  • Kept my word
  • Not denied my name
  • Kept my command to endure patiently


Which life should we choose? On the inside without Christ or on the outside with Christ? Our loving father God wants faithfulness in our weakness.


       2) God honours faithfulness with his strength

Jesus declares;

  • I know your deeds, I know that you have little strength.


  • I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.


  • I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan come and bow.


  • I have loved you


  • I will keep you


  • I am coming soon


Shake off any despair you have slipped into and return to faithful, confident-in-Christ living.



In 1 John 3 v 2 “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears we shall be like him, for we will see him as he is.”

The one who holds the key of David says;

  • I will make you a pillar in the Temple of my God, never again will they leave it.


  • I will write on them the name.


Memory verse: Rev 3 v 11

“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown”


Life Group Questions:

Read Rev 3 v 7-13

  • In what ways do you feel excluded because of the name of Jesus?
  • What doors has Jesus opened for us? Are we boldly taking these and how should the passage stir us to action?
  • “I have loved you …I will keep you … I am coming soon” How do these truths push us to faithful Christian living?







Questions for later:



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