Approaching the Apocalypse: As Resilient Overcomers
Lead Pastor Casey Scott continues our sermon series, Approaching the Apocalypse, with the message ‘As Resilient Overcomers’ from Revelation 2-3 and 21:1-7. The focus today will be to answer the question, “How do we approach the apocalypse?” The answer is: ‘As Resilient Overcomers.’ — The Whole Community Whole In Christ. This is the vision of Chapel Rock Christian Church, led by Pastor Casey Scott, based in Indianapolis, Indiana. — For past messages, visit: For the online bulletin + connection card, visit: For more resources, visit: To donate, please visit:
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  • Chapel Rock Christian Church
    2020 N Girls School Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46214, USA
    Sunday 9:15 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM

Welcome to Chapel Rock!

Our vision is to see "the whole community, whole in Christ!" To that end, if you would like more information about our ministries or want to sign-up for an activity you’ve seen in the bulletin, please stop by the Information Center in the Foyer or add a note to your Connection Card. You can also find additional information on our website.
Digital Bulletin
Women’s Fall Bible Study - Starts this week!
Women are invited to register for this eight-week study - Anxious – Fighting Anxiety with the Word of God, a video and study guide by Scarlet Hiltibidal. Classes start Wednesday, September 28. Two sessions are offered: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Register at the kiosk today. Questions? Contact Amy Knoebel at 317-502-0737.
Chapel Rock Welcomes Comedian Mike Goodwin
Join us on October 2, at 7 p.m. for this family event with comedian Mike Goodwin. Mike Goodwin is a refreshingly funny comedian, speaker, and leader. His signature bowtie is a nod to his expectation-defying brand of comedy that leaves a variety of audiences laughing hysterically and completely inspired, without a foul or vulgar word spoken.​ Join us on October 2, for this free event and be sure to bring a friend! Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Our Sympathy to:
Judy, Danny and Laura Nave on the passing of Judy’s husband, and Danny’s father, Chapel Rock member Ray Nave.
Marilynne Phipps on the passing of her brother, Mike Clodfelter.
Heidi Turnquist and family on the passing of her father, Norman Turnquist.
Casey and Debbe Scott and family on the passing of Casey’s grandfather, Robert Scott.
Food Pantry Requests
Chapel Rock’s Food Pantry operates on the first and third Thursdays of the month, from 3 to 6 p.m. The food pantry is in need of plastic grocery bags, pet food, toothpaste and toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner, diapers, soap, and breakfast items. Please place your donations in the DropZone bin in the Foyer.
Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Donations
More now than ever, children need the hope found in Jesus. When a child receives a shoebox, he receives a Christmas gift and learns about God’s love. Please help supply toys (soccer balls, small footballs, Barbie/dolls, stuffed animals, Play doh)! Other items needed include bar soap, coloring books and paper for school. For more information, contact Judy Heuss at
First Place for Health Class
The First Place for Health class meets each Sunday in room WC 100 at 9:15 a.m. The new study will begin next Sunday, October 2. If you are interested in joining First Place for Health, you will need to register ahead of time so books can be ordered. The cost of a book is around $20. To register for the class or for questions, contact Sheri Rodkey at 317-247-9739.
Men’s Monthly Breakfast and Devotion
The men’s monthly breakfast and devotion led by Pastor Fred Rodkey, is next Saturday, October 1. The coffee and fellowship time will begin at 7 a.m. with the breakfast being served at 7:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Please enter at door #3 or #12. Pastor Fred will bring the devotion immediately after breakfast.
Blood Drive
Chapel Rock will host a blood drive on Wednesday, October 12, from 2 to 6 p.m. Sign up at the kiosk in the Foyer today or call Sheri Rodkey at 317-297-9739.
Chapel Rockets Monthly Luncheon
Join the Rockets for their October luncheon Thursday, October 6, at 11:30 a.m. Please bring a dish to share. Davey Blackburn will be the guest speaker. He will share his testimony of forgiveness. Davey’s wife was pregnant with their second child when she was murdered seven years ago when three men broke into their home. He is a minister who relies on the power of the Holy Spirit daily. Please enter door #3. Guests are welcome.
Women’s Fall Shopping Trip
Join the ladies’ fall shopping trip to the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass in Simpsonville, Kentucky, on Saturday, October 22. Cost is $10. Registration begins next Sunday, October 2, at the kiosk in the Foyer. Questions? Contact Pam Mann at 317-442-7420 or Jan Brown at 317-523-5488.
Chapel Rock practices an 'open communion' meaning that if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you are welcome to participate in the communion service. The elder/staff member giving the devotion will provide instructions.
Chapel Rock’s Vision:
To See the Whole Community
Whole in Christ

Casey Scott
Lead Pastor

Series: Approaching the Apocalypse
Sermon: “As Resilient Overcomers”
> Revelation 2-3 and 21:1-7
History is picking up speed, and the glorious return of Jesus is near! The events described in John’s apocalypse (the word literally means “uncovering,” but it’s translated “Revelation”) are close. Today, the answer to the question “How do we approach the apocalypse?” is “As Resilient Overcomers.” Revelation chapters 2 and 3, spell this out for us.

Today’s Big Idea
The book of Revelation teaches us why and how to live in a state of victory, because in Christ, we are resilient overcomers.

Today, we will key in on a word that John uses over and over again in Revelation, the word translated “one who is victorious.” It’s the Greek word nikao, νικάω, to win a victory over — ‘to be victorious, to conquer.’ This is the normal New Testament word for victory, supremacy, or success.
When Jesus speaks to his church, he calls them “champions.” He calls them “victors.” He calls them “overcomers.”

Hear the repetition of this “overcomer” language when addressing the Seven Letters to the Seven Churches.
> Ephesus - Revelation 2:7
> Smyrna - Revelation 2:11
> Pergamum - Revelation 2:17
> Thyatira - Revelation 2:26–28
> Sardis - Revelation 3:4–5
> Philadelphia - Revelation 3:11–12
> Laodicea - Revelation 3:21
> Revelation 21:5–7

“I believe that John’s writing should be viewed as a Christian prophetic-apocalyptic-circular letter. Revelation should be viewed as a ‘circular letter.’ In fact, the seven churches form a large circular pattern, like a delivery circuit, when viewed on a map in the order presented in Revelation 2 and 3, starting from and returning to Ephesus.”
Revelation’s Rhapsody by Dr. Bob Lowery

Boiled down, the seven letters come down to two ideas for the church. There are some things we should keep (or start) doing, and some things we should stop (or avoid) doing.
Jesus tells his church that in order to be a resilient overcomer, a victor, champion at the Day of the Lord, there are some things that they should keep doing or start, if they’re not doing it now.
The first thing that Jesus’ church needs to do is to KEEP Repenting of Sin. We see this in the letters to the churches at Ephesus, Pergamum, Sardis, and Laodicea.
The second thing that Jesus’ church needs to do is to KEEP Persevering in Witness and Holiness. We see this in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, and Philadelphia.
When we keep doing what Jesus commanded, to repent of our sin and persevere in witness and holiness, He creates in us this “internal locus of control,” that enables us to view His approaching apocalypse not with fear but with joy.
To truly experience the victory that Jesus gives us, there are also some things that the church needs to stop doing! As before, the seven letters describe two things that a victorious church needs to stop doing.
The first is to STOP Accepting False Teaching. We see this in Jesus’ words to Pergamum and Thyatira. Jesus says, “You guys have got to stop believing garbage!” Is the falling away from the Lord and His Church that we’ve seen a direct result of people accepting so much false teaching that they’re no longer really Christian?
They give up the faith, not because it’s hard, but because they’ve accepted so much false teaching that they’re no longer really Christian, so why bother pretending.
That leads to the second thing. Jesus also tells his church to STOP Tolerating Pretense and Immorality. He says this to Ephesus, Thyatira, Sardis, and most notably to Laodicea.
We need to first STOP tolerating our own sin, and then, lovingly hold each other accountable. If you refuse to help me confront my own sin in love, how am I going to grow? How am I going to have the resilience I will need to approach the apocalypse? Answer: I won’t. But if we can learn to do this in love and stop tolerating it when we as the church pretend to have a spiritual life we don’t really possess or pretend not to see the areas of brokenness that we refuse to surrender, if we can stop doing that, we will gain the resilience we need to be ready for Christ’s return.
Every day, 13 Christians worldwide are killed because of their faith. And every day, 12 Christians are unjustly arrested or imprisoned, and another five are abducted. That’s the report in the 2021 World Watch List, the latest annual accounting from Open Doors of the top 50 countries where Christians are the most persecuted for following Jesus.
Jesus promises this victory to His disciples as an extension of His own.
> John 16:33
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Your victory is simply an extension of Jesus’ victory! You win because HE WON!