Revelation by Sue Edwards | The Discover Together Bible Study Series

Revelation: Discovering Life for Today and Eternity. 

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Sue will be posting weekly on the Year of Discovery Facebook Page and interacting with groups and individuals around the country going through the study at the same time. Women will be able to discuss the study with each other and ask questions via Facebook. Once readers complete the Revelation study, Edwards will be going through the Ephesians study in the same way. (An April 11 Facebook launch party will be followed by an April 15 – June 17 online study.)

Women need Bible study to keep balanced, focused and Christ-centered in their busy worlds. However, many find it difficult to set aside the time and discipline needed for an in-depth study. The Discover Together studies offer tiered questions to allow readers to choose a depth of study that fits with their individual lifestyles or schedules, even if they vary by the week, month or season. Completing each lesson requires about one-and-a-half hours. Readers still receive in-depth Bible study but with a minimum time commitment. For those who desire a more thorough study, including an opportunity to learn more about the history, culture and geography related to the Bible, Edwards has provided “Digging Deeper” questions. Answering these questions may require outside resources such as an atlas, Bible dictionary or concordance and challenge readers to examine complex theological issues and differing views more closely.

Edwards and Kregel are especially excited about the new Revelation study that has been added to the series. “I have focused on five special chapters—the first three and the last two—passages that I believe are most pertinent for Christians today,” writes Edwards. “I find a thorough investigation of these five chapters the most beneficial as we consider how God wants us to prepare for the end.” “The first three chapters paint a glorious picture of the resurrected Christ and record his seven letters to first-century churches. These early churches represent the different kinds of churches that have existed through the ages. The letters both commend and point out deficiencies in these churches, providing lessons to help us get ready for our future,” Edwards continues. “The last two chapters unfold with unspeakable energy, beauty and promise, as John describes what Jesus shows him: a new Eden, redemption’s climax and our eternal home. Walk with me through these incredible pages, and experience the blessing that God promised to all who read and heed.”

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Women need Bible study to keep balanced, focused and Christ-centered in their busy worlds. However, many find it difficult to set aside the time and discipline needed for an in-depth study. The Discover Together studies offer tiered questions to allow readers to choose a depth of study that fits with their individual lifestyles or schedules, even if they vary by the week, month or season

The newest series addition unpacks one of the most mysterious and misunderstood books of the Bible to help women prepare for their future with the risen Christ and be infused with courage, hope, and excitement for a life everlasting. Part of the discovery series, the Revelations edition includes tips for either individual or group use, inspirational sidebars and short, 3-5 minute teaching videos. Scan the video QR code in the book with a smart phone or visit the series website to watch Sue provide historical and cultural background, teach important truths found in each week’s lesson, or ask thoughtful questions to encourage deeper discussion.

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Women crave Bible studies that challenge them to grow in their faith. But after balancing carpools, sports schedules, or work deadlines, you may not be able to commit to another evening out of the house. Now you don’t have to.

Whether studying with a small group or by yourself, you know can join popular Bible teacher Sue Edwards on the Year of Discovery. Sue will be leading women through her studies with online chats and discussions on her Facebook page. All year long. Every week. Any time of day. From the comfort of home. Make-up and hair-do optional. Come as you are!

Each week you will find quotes, links to articles and other resources, and videos to help you as you study. Complete the lessons at your convenience. Then visit Facebook.com/DiscoverTogetherSeries any time of day to comment or ask questions. Sue will be there frequently to respond, encourage, and equip!

Sue Edwards

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Sue Edwards (MA, Dallas Theological Seminary; D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) teaches full-time in the Christian Education Department at Dallas Theological Seminary. She has more than twenty-five years of experience teaching, pastoring, and directing women’s ministries. In addition, Sue speaks at retreats, conferences, and seminars across the country. She is the coauthor of Women’s Retreats and New Doors in Ministry to Women, and the author of the new Sue Edwards Inductive Bible Study series.

Find out more about Sue at http://www.discovertogetherseries.com.

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Make 2013 a Year of Discovery

Discover Together Bible Study Series Allows Individuals and Groups to Dig Deeper into Scripture

Seattle: When it’s time to make New Year’s resolutions each January 1, many Christians undoubtedly put at the top of their lists being more diligent with their Bible studies. Sue Edwards and Kregel Publications challenge women not to let this resolution go by the wayside a few weeks in—like their latest diet or exercise program—by inviting them to join in The Year of Discovery an interactive online experience. With the launch of the Edwards’ Discover Together Bible Study Series (in stores January 16, 2013), individuals and groups will be able to participate in their choice of seven different studies that actively dig into six books of the Bible.

The Discover Together Bible Study Series includes six of Edwards’ popular studies (Psalms, Proverbs Volumes 1 & 2, Luke, Ephesians and I Peter) that have been reorganized and revised to be more reader-friendly for both personal and group reflection along with the completely new release on Revelation.  Each of the seven books is divided into weekly lessons and includes new inspirational sidebars and QR codes to take readers to supplemental teaching videos.

Sue Edwards will be kicking off the Revelation study with an online Facebook chat on January 30 at 8:00 PM EST. In the weeks following the chat (February 4 – April 8), Edwards will be posting weekly on the Year of Discovery Facebook page and interacting with groups and individuals around the country going through the study at the same time. Women will be able to discuss the study with each other and ask questions via Facebook. Once readers complete the Revelation study, Edwards will be going through the Ephesians study in the same way. (An April 11 Facebook launch party will be followed by an April 15 – June 17 online study.)

Women need Bible study to keep balanced, focused and Christ-centered in their busy worlds. However, many find it difficult to set aside the time and discipline needed for an in-depth study. The Discover Together studies offer tiered questions to allow readers to choose a depth of study that fits with their individual lifestyles or schedules, even if they vary by the week, month or season. Completing each lesson requires about one-and-a-half hours. Readers still receive in-depth Bible study but with a minimum time commitment. For those who desire a more thorough study, including an opportunity to learn more about the history, culture and geography related to the Bible, Edwards has provided “Digging Deeper” questions. Answering these questions may require outside resources such as an atlas, Bible dictionary or concordance and challenge readers to examine complex theological issues and differing views more closely.

While the Discover Together Bible Studies are designed for both individual and group use, readers will benefit most by going through each week’s lesson on their own, then meeting with other women to share insights, struggles and aha moments. Bible study leaders will find free, downloadable leader’s guides for each study, along with general tips for leading small groups, at www.discovertogetherseries.com.

Through short video clips, Edwards shares personal insights to enrich the Bible study experience. For ease of individual viewing, a QR code, which you can simply scan with your smartphone, is provided in each lesson. Readers can also go to the Discover Together website and easily navigate and find the corresponding video title. These clips are meant to bless, encourage and challenge participants in their daily walk.

Edwards and Kregel are especially excited about the new Revelation study that has been added to the series. “I have focused on five special chapters—the first three and the last two—passages that I believe are most pertinent for Christians today,” writes Edwards. “I find a thorough investigation of these five chapters the most beneficial as we consider how God wants us to prepare for the end.”

“The first three chapters paint a glorious picture of the resurrected Christ and record his seven letters to first-century churches. These early churches represent the different kinds of churches that have existed through the ages. The letters both commend and point out deficiencies in these churches, providing lessons to help us get ready for our future,” Edwards continues. “The last two chapters unfold with unspeakable energy, beauty and promise, as John describes what Jesus shows him: a new Eden, redemption’s climax and our eternal home. Walk with me through these incredible pages, and experience the blessing that God promised to all who read and heed.”

Psalms: Discovering Authentic Worship ~ ISBN: 9780825443114

Proverbs: Discovering Ancient Wisdom for a Postmodern World, Volume 1 ~ ISBN: 9780825443077

Proverbs: Discovering Ancient Wisdom for a Postmodern World, Volume 2 ~ ISBN:9780825443084

Luke: Discovering Healing in Jesus’ Words to Women ~ ISBN: 9780825443107

Ephesians: Discovering Your Identity and Purpose in Christ ~ ISBN: 9780825443091

1 Peter: Discovering Encouragement in Troubling Times ~ ISBN: 9780825443121

Revelation: Discovering Life for Today and Eternity ~ ISBN: 9780825443138

All of the studies are paperback and retail for $12.99 each.

Visit www.discovertogetherseries.com to learn more about the Bible study series, download leader’s guides and watch Sue Edward’s video messages that correspond with each lesson.

Keep up with The Year of Discovery on www.facebook.com/DiscoverTogetherSeries

About the Author

Sue Edwards is associate professor of Christian education with a specialization is women’s studies at Dallas Theological Seminary where she has the opportunity to equip men and women for future ministry. She brings more than thirty years of experience into the classroom as a Bible teacher, curriculum writer, and overseer of several megachurch women’s ministries. As minister to women at Irving Bible Church and director of women’s ministry at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas, she has worked with women from all walks of life, ages and stages. Her passion is to see modern and postmodern women connect, learn from one another and bond around God’s Word. Her Bible studies have ushered thousands of women all over the country and overseas into deeper Scripture study and community experiences.

Edwards has a doctor of ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston and a master’s in Bible from Dallas Theological Seminary. With Dr. Joye Baker, she oversees the Dallas Theological Seminary doctor of ministry degree in Christian education with a women-in-ministry emphasis.

Along with Kelley Mathews, Edwards has coauthored New Doors in Ministry to Women: A Fresh Model for Transforming Your Church, Campus, or Mission Field; Women’s Retreats: A Creative Planning Guide; and Leading Women Who Wound: Strategies for an Effective Ministry. Edwards and Mathews also joined with Henry Rogers to write Mixed Ministry: Working Together as Brothers and Sisters in an Oversexed Society.

Edwards loves words, but often feels like she is drowning in them. She writes Bible studies to carry women deep into God’s Love Letters, hoping the words turn their lives upside down much the same way they revolutionized her own life. Writing is her way of reaching women that she cannot connect with one-on-one.

Sue has been married to David for more than forty years. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.

To read more from Sue Edwards, visit the New Doors in Ministry website or her blog on Bible.org. Readers can also keep up with her via Facebook and Twitter. 

Suggested interview questions

  • For those familiar with your Bible studies, what added features can readers expect from these new editions of the Discover Together Bible Study Series?
  • Women often overcommit themselves and limit their Bible study time. How much time during a day or week is required for each Discover Together lesson?
  • How can women take part in The Year of Discovery?
  • Tell us about what readers will learn by working through the “Digging Deeper” portions of the studies.
  • Something unique to these studies are the videos that have been created for each lesson. What can we expect from each video message?
  • Most of the studies being released this year are revised editions of previous editions; the exception is Revelation. Is there a reason why you had not written a study on Revelation before now?
  • There are many people who hear their Bible class is going to do a study of Revelation and groan while others are fascinated by the topic.  Why do you think so many people are less than excited when it comes to an in-depth study of the Bible’s final book?
  • You actually pick a few specific chapters of Revelation to study rather than the entire book. Can you explain to us your choice?
  • What can women expect to learn from this study of Revelation? Anything practical?
  • What was one of your favorite things about researching and writing this study?
  • Why are you excited about women studying Revelation?
  • Do you have a favorite book of the Bible to study?
  • What studies will you be offering next?

Sue Edwards is available for interviews to promote the launch of the Discover Together Bible Study series. To request review copies, schedule an interview or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com.

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Reviews

  • “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein; for the time is at hand.” Revelation 1:3, KJV

    Revelation, a book of prophecy and promise. In her new Bible study, Sue Edwards takes us for a closer look into its relevance to our lives “today and for eternity.”

  • “Revelation” is a new Bible study by Sue Edwards that concentrates on the way Christians should live for today as well as how we will live for eternity. She makes wonderful use of Scripture, discussion questions, historical facts, and “points to ponder;” as well as having an online presence as a discussion leader.

  • Gretta says:

    I am a huge fan of inductive Bible studies! Revelation has always been an interesting book to me. You hear so much “controversy” on the meaning and interpretation of the book itself and many pastors/churches seem to shy away from even teaching from it. Edwards has written a great study on Revelation that will interest you whether you have little knowledge of Revelation or have studied it deeply before. I love how the book is written with tiered questions so I can study as little or as much as I want. Some days I will read the material, watch a video (if applicable) and do a couple of questions. The next day might afford me more time to get “in the Word” so I will go back and answer more questions and dig deeper. I love how she also encourages you to use other resources (such as concordances, dictionaries, charts, etc.) when studying deeper because those resources can often help bring to light new information and connect pieces for you too. Edwards inductive Bible study of Revelation gives me the option to study it at my own pace and in my own way. Throughout the book, there are video QR codes that I can scan with my smart phone (or view online) that allow me to watch a brief 3-5 minute video which adds a nice personal touch to her studies as well. Whether you are a busy Mom or someone has has hours to spend studying the Word, you will greatly enjoy this study of Revelation. It will bring new insight, meaning and purpose to how Revelation applies to our lives today and give you a deeper appreciation of this often “left-out” book. I am looking forward to joining this online Bible study and connecting with other women throughout the world as we study Revelation and see what God has in store for us to learn from this great inductive Bible study book!

  • The format of the study is extremely flexible. You can answer the general study questions to complete the study on a basic level or you can choose to also complete the Dig Deeper exercises that will intensify your study. Each week also has a suggested Scripture for memorization. The study is laid out in such a way that the student answers questions to grasp the details of what Christ’s praise and criticism to each church really means.

    I’ve studied the book of Revelation before, but I’m floored by what I’ve learned from this study! At first I was disappointed that we wouldn’t be studying the entire book, but quickly realized that this Bible study is just the right size and focusing on just the right material. The questions are thought-provoking and the material has deep life application.

  • At first I had felt that this was tedious, but as the days went by as I dove into this study in Revelations; I learned to appreciate the set up of the study. Author Sue Edwards offers readers a way to get in depth into the Word by the workbook/questions she has. She also incorporates history and illustrations to help me gain a picture of the background in which the book was written in. I love it because intertwined with depth study and history is a more full understanding of God’s Word!

  • Sue Edwards’ book is not an in-depth analysis of the whole book. Rather “Revelation” is nine studies on the first three and the last two chapters that are designed to provide a better understanding of just what the book is all about. By looking at what Jesus had to say to the early churches we can see the same situations existing today and how to correct them.

  • I just knew I was going to love this study and Sue Edwards when her opening sentence in Why Study Revelation? was: “Crackpots have predicted the end of the world for centuries.” I mean really? You know you’re just going to love her! This Study of Revelation is tiered so that anyone can fit it into their lifestyle. Being a homeschool mom of two little ones means I don’t have much “alone with my thoughts” time. So for me I broke this study down like this: each day I covered one tier of the lesson, at the end of each lesson I spent time in review using the “Digging Deeper” sections.

  • …I have read the letters to the congregations before but this study brought me down deeper into what Jesus was saying to them, and how he offered solutions on how to fix problems. If they weren’t willing to fix their problems within the congregations they were told what the consequences would be. The style that was used to relate Jesus’ message seemed very well broken down to me, in fact I never knew it could be/was broken down the same way for each congregation until I read this study. What I read in Revelation 3:7 got my attention the most while progressing through this study, about how Jesus is one who opens a door that no one can shut, and shuts a door that no one can open…This study seems to be written for small groups but it worked well for me to use it individually as well. I recommend it for both small groups and individuals who need some quiet time with the Lord on their own.

  • I love books like this, I am at my table every morning doing this bible study of Revelation. I am learning many things from doing this wonderful bible study. I would recommend this for a woman’s bible study group, it would be a great learning tool!

  • If I am to be completely honest, one of the books of the Bible that I struggle to understand and apply to my life on a daily basis, is Revelation. It is full of symbolism and information that I don’t often think applies today. Wow, was I ever wrong.

    I recently received a copy of Discover Together – Revelation by Sue Edwards, and it has changed completely how I look at this amazing book from God’s Word.

  • have always found Revelation to be such an intriguing book in the bible. It talks of end times and prophecy and is filled with action and mystery. It was always hard to relate it to my own life and spiritual walk. I was thrilled to be able to go through this bible study by Sue Edwards. I loved the short videos that go with each section. The personal stories really made Revelations come alive but also very relate able.
    Each chapter has you read a part of Revelation, watch a short clip, dig a little deeper and memorize a key verse. The questions at the end of each chapter really had me thinking through each section as I never have before. I was so thrilled with this bible study and can’t wait for more!

  • I am really looking forward to doing this Bible study. I love learning God’s word and hiding it in my heart. So far — I have looked through and though I did not get to start with the group online, it is doable in the comfort of my own home at my leisure, which is really good for me, because I cannot always join.

    Grab a copy today and get started studying along with all of us.

  • I have done another Bible Study by Sue Edwards and knew that I definitely wanted to do her Revelation study. I love Bible Studies that make me dig in the Word and that have me figure out for myself what the text is saying.

    Revelation is a difficult book of the Bible to read and understand. Her notes really helped and were very specifically placed so that you dug deeper yourself before consulting any other commentary notes. I appreciate that in a study.

  • I found this study to be very thorough and helpful in thinking about the imagery, analogies, and life application of Revelation. It is a book that I like to return to every few years for deeper study and I know I will use this Sue Edwards Bible study again in the future.

  • When it comes to Bible studies, I learn best by writing things down, so I prefer studies that ask me questions and involve writing down my answers. The Discover Together Bible Study series by Sue Edwards is my idea of the perfect bible study. It allows you to work through it on your own timing and takes you in-depth book by book.

    The questions ask you a variety of things, from writing down what the verse says specifically to what you think the writer means and how you can apply this lesson to your life.

  • I feel this is an approachable, easy to understand and apply, Bible study of Revelation. Although this is not an exhaustive study of Revelation (time would not allow for this in a nine chapter Bible study on Revelation) it is a building point for a Revelation study.

  • knew when I saw the Discover Together Bible Study on Revelation I was very interested in reviewing it! Revelation is a book of the Bible I have very little knowledge of.

    Many people are not comfortable studying the book of Revelation. It can be a scary book to read. However, as Christians we need to read this very important book of the Bible and follow the teachings of Jesus.

    Sue Edwards has put together a very in-depth and thought provoking Bible study.

    There are a total of nine lessons in this study. Each lesson has questions to ponder. The lessons can be done at your leisure. You can complete them all in one sitting. Which can take between an hour and a half to two hours. Or you can break them up throughout the week (or weeks) and dig into them as in depth as you wish.

  • They say you should not judge a book by its cover – but I was drawn to Sue Edwards’ Revelation from the start…

    Did you know that Sue’s bible study is unique among studies on the book of Revelation?

    Unlike other studies, Sue does not delve into the entire book of Revelation, nor does she focus on the prophetic aspects contained in the book’s interior chapters. Instead, Sue concentrates on the first three chapters and the last two chapters of the book (the exterior chapters).

    Sue chose this approach because she believes that these chapters are the ones most pertinent to Christians today.

    While I don’t entirely agree with that assessment… I do believe that an in-depth study of the exterior chapters is entirely warranted and long overdue….

  • What I’m finding is that it is pretty easy to split this up to tackle a couple of questions a day. The questions are grouped in subheadings, with between two and six questions. Mostly, I took on a subheading per day.

  • I am learning alot and look forward to digging deeper into the book of Revelation.

  • These workbooks are fantastic! I love the layout. The content is in-depth without being laborious. The interaction on facebook, so far, adds great value to the study … as long as participants stay on the same schedule. I liked the videos, too, but felt the quality could have been much better. Overall, I would definitely recommend these studies for group use. I look forward to exploring more from this author.

  • I have always found the book of Revelation one of the books in the Bible that I rarely find myself turning to, not because I wasn’t interested, instead it was because I never really understood it, and what little I did know came from dooms day prophets that were sort of preaching the end of the world. Well I am so happy to say that after using Sue Edwards “Revelation Bible Study” I no longer feel intimidated by this fascinating book in the Bible.

  • For practically as long as I can remember, I have been doing Bible studies, whether on my own or in a group setting. I have taught them, and I have also been a student. I love the fact that this Bible study is written for women, and it is based solely on the Word of God. There is nothing better than studying a book of the Bible in its entirety. Revelation can be an overwhelming book, but this study certainly breaks this heavy book down into easily digestible pieces. If you wish to dig deeper, you can. But no matter what, you will be studying the Bible and understanding it in a way perhaps you have not before. Whether in a group setting or individually, this Bible study is excellent, and I look forward to Ephesians as well. This definitely gets a 5-star rating as far as I am concerned. I also like the fact that there is actually room to write your responses. Some Bible study books don’t give you enough room to answer.

  • A few weeks ago my daughter asked me about Bible prophecy. She wanted to know what the Bible says about the end of the world. I answered her questions the best that I could, but I didn’t know all the details that she wanted – and I know that some of those answers are in the book of Revelation, that complicated, symbolic, scary book.

    Then I was offered this book for review, and it definitely makes the study of Revelation easier – and smoother. With questions of varying depth and online videos available, this is a great resource. Revelation makes it possible to study this difficult book at my own pace, as deeply as I need to, while still interacting with a teacher.

    I’m happy to use this study now to grow my own knowledge of end times prophecy.

  • Published by Kregel Publications, the book contains QR codes that link to YouTube videos for short teachings. I like this because group members can watch on their own time, leaving group time for discussion and interaction. The questions contain a good mix of objective, interpretive, and application questions nicely blended throughout the study, as well as interesting historical notes and comments. Like the other Discover Together studies, this one offers tiered questions to allow readers to choose a depth of study that fits with their individual lifestyles or schedules, even if they vary by the week, month or season. She references other books, but not so much that you feel as if you’re flipping all over the bible. A free leaders’ guide is also available online.

  • I’ve done one other Revelation study before, in a Sunday School class with my church. Other than that, I don’t have much experience with Revelation and it kind of scares me, to be honest. This book majorly changed that! Taking it bit by bit caused to me to look at each piece and understand it before taking the book together as a whole.

    Also, today’s world makes it hard to envision some of the descriptions in the book. Working through this book and discussing the chapters with the others during the bible study made them easier for me to grasp and gave me a whole new understanding of the future!

  • Sunflower Faith says:

    When you think of Revelations, many would considered, this final book of the bible, to be a prophetic section of the bible filled with symbolism, message of hope and the unfolding plans of God; With Sue Edwards, she focuses, not on the prophecy aspects or the symbolism that is filled in this final book, but instead on the first three letters and the last two letters, written by Paul and in a beautiful design study that readers can work on a pace, either as an individual or in a group, as fast (or slow) as they want, to open a message that Sue Edwards feels is relevant and important for Christians today, tomorrow and always need to hear and know.

  • There are nine lessons within, covering the first three and last two chapters of the book of Revelation. The majority of the meat is concentrated on the letters to the churches as representatives of the churches today. Each lesson contains a QR Code, you scan it with your smart phone, and it will lead you to a video teaching segment with Sue Edwards. (I myself just went to the website since I do not have a cell phone myself-one of the last mohicans let us say haha). The website also contains leader guides for the Bible studies – what value!
    I do admit to some disappointment that only portions of the book of Revelation are covered within this study Certainly there is much time that needs to be invested into the words within this book; pieces that need to be set apart as we dig into the hist

  • This is an inductive Bible study encompassing five special chapters in the book of Revelation. An inductive Bible study is a method of studying the Bible in which the student uses observation, interpretation and application to get the most out his or her study of the Bible.

    Most people focus on the middle of this chapter and try to understand the judgments yet to come, but this study actually focuses on only the first 3 chapters and the last 2 chapters. The author feels that the in-depth study of these 5 special chapters will help us to prepare for the end.

  • I’ve always found Revelation to be both fascinating and difficult to understand. I’m really excited to be using this Revelation Bible study book by Sue Edwards. The format is simple yet helpful. This book is an inductive study of Revelation filled with great insights and thought-provoking questions.