As a conclusion to Servant Church's 7 week series on the big picture of the Bible I gave this sermon on Revelation. It is, of course, an extremely (over)simplified overview of perhaps the most complex text in our cannon. It did, however, prove very helpful for some folks in my communities.
Here's some choice quotes:
I have heard it said that the best modern day analogy for the genre of apocalyptic is not that of a summer action blockbuster, or a grisly horror flick, but a political cartoon.
What we have in the last book of the Bible is this incredible, coded call to faithfulness to persecuted Christians around the year 100. And I think its unhelpful, and even absurd to try and find the United States, Russia, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, or any of us in the text.
What Revelation insists is that no matter how bad your circumstances are... no matter how bad things may seem... God... will... win.