Scripture: Revelation 1:9

Bonds are often formed by having something in common:   a cherished belief, a shared experience, a common favorite.

Christians share a ______________ described well in Revelation 1:9

Meaning: Pain/Pressure Pleasure Perseverance
References: 1:9, 2:9, 2:10, 2:22, 7:14 1:9, 11:15, 12:10, 16:10, 17:12, 17, 18 1:9, 2:2, 2:3, 2:19, 3:10. 13:10, 14:12


We suffer together for our cause.  (II Timothy 3:12, Philippians 3:10)

We face specific Christian pressures:  The Lord tests us, to positively prove us.  (I Corinthians 10:13)

The world tests us, with injustice.  (Psalm 37 & 73)

The devil tests us, with persecution.  (I Peter 2:21-23)

The author of this is imprisoned as he writes it!


We focus on the kingdom to come.   (John 18:36)

We’re not about the present, the visible, the material.

We instead focus on the future, the invisible, the spiritual. (Matt. 6:33)

The author of this is given visions of it as he writes it!

This is all very motivating!  (Hebrews 12:28, I Thessalonians 2:12)

This is all very ________________!  (Romans 8:18, II Timothy 4:18)


We remain under the pressure, abiding in Christ.

He prescribes and commends this.  (2:2, 2:3, 2:19, 3:10, 13:10, 14:12).

The author of this was released from this island prison after this!

We share a bond . . for the word of ______________  & the testimony of ______________ Christ.


Rev. Brian King is the Director of the Northeast Fellowship. He and his wife Judy served in pastoral ministry in Windsor and Maybrook NY before joining the Northeast Fellowship team. They currently live in Endicott, NY.

The Northeast Fellowship consists of more than 165 churches across our region who share the same doctrinal position. Ours is a Network of independent, Bible-believing, Christ-honoring, Baptist churches. Each partnering church is autonomous regarding its own ministries, decision making, and participation with the Fellowship. Under the leadership of Dr. Jim and Jeannie Vogel and Brian and Judy King, we also offer ministries of encouragement, counsel, and resourcing for pastors, as well as ministry consultation to our churches. Learn more at