Summary: The second of seven letter written to the church's in Revelation

Some Things...Money Can’t Buy

Revelation 2:8-11

8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write,

‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life:

9 “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.

10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”’

Pray

Allow me some time this morning to delve into the subject...

Some Things...Money Can’t Buy

Our message this morning is part two of a seven-part series...

Delving into the seven messages...

For the seven church’s found in the book of Revelation...

The last time we met we discussed the message...

That Jesus had for the church at Ephesus...

You heard the message had for them in our reading this morning...

He told them that they had some good things...

Going for them...And He appreciated all the love...

But He also cautioned them to watch themselves...

Watch themselves because...He noticed that they...

Didn’t love Him...Like they use to...

And He encouraged them to return to their first love...

The message was just as much true for us...

As it was for that church...

Now we turn our attention to the second message...

To the second church...The church at Smyr-na...

Also referred to as...

The persecuted church...

The Apostle John is now an old man...

Exiled on the Isle of Patmos...

He receives and writes this second message...

To the church at Smyr-na...

Smyr-na was one of the finest trade centers of the ancient world...

The city was both wealthy...And beautiful...

Like Ephesus...Trade routes passed through Smyrna...

They were noted for their paganism...

They boasted of their splendor...

Smyrna was wealthy enough...

To have constructed...An immense temple...

To idolize the emperor Tiberius...

Smyrna was where merchants from every direction converged...

Anything made anywhere...In the Roman Empire...

You could buy at Smyrna...

They had great wealth...And plenty of money...

But I’m here to tell you...This morning...

Believe it...Or not...

SOME THINGS...MONEY CAN’T BUY...

Any whim you might have...

Could be satisfied in the trading stalls of Smyrna...

Silks from the far east...Spices from the islands...

Gold from northern Africa...

Exotic animals from Egypt...

Slaves from Ethiopia...Timber from central Europe...

It all came together in Smyrna...

Folk were rich...

Smyrna’s people thought that money...

Could buy them anything...They wanted...

But...The politics of the Empire were hostile...

It is reported that some five million Christians...

Met their death in Smyrna...

Nevertheless...These Christians had resources...

Folk were rich...

This church didn’t have to have fish dinners...

No chicken dinners...Bake sales...Candy drives...

They didn’t need to collect funds to do this...And to do that...

These folk had money...

Even though the government didn’t necessarily like them...

They could have minded their own business...

Went to their little churches...Worshipped their little God...

Returned to their little homes...And all would have been well...

Yea...They had money...But guess what...

SOME THINGS...MONEY CAN’T BUY...

As we learned last time...

John writes this letter under the direction of the risen Christ...

To the church at Smyrna...

Unlike the church at Ephesus...

There is not one word of condemnation...

But praise...Instead...

It’s a blessing when the Lord can praise His church...

As the Lord stated to the Ephesian church...

He knows their works...

He knows of their labor...In serving Him...

He knows of their faithfulness...

He knows of their evangelistic efforts...

He also knows of their persecution...Their Tribulation...

Their Hard times...And...Their tough times...

The afflictions endured...For His name sake...

Church...I’m here to report...

No matter your hard times...Bad times...

Or...Tough times...Have faith in God...

That sounds so good...I think I’ll say it again...

No matter your hard times...Bad times...

Or...Tough times...Have faith in God...

Listen to me well...I’m here to tell you...

If God brings you to it...He will bring you through it...

But you gotta have faith...

We will suffer... for Christ’s sake...

But the bible says...

Even if you suffer...For righteousness’ sake...

Happy are you...Blessed are you..

Jesus says...Look...

Do not be afraid of their threats...Nor be troubled.”...

I got you...

When folk wonder...Why you smiling...

When you should...Be crying...

When folk wonder...Why you praising God...

When you should...Be cursing Him...

When folk wonder...Why you so happy...

When you should be so sad...

Why you peaceful...

When all hell is breaking out...All around you...

Jesus says...Look...I got you...

Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts...

And always be ready...To give folk a defense...

To everyone...Who asks you...A reason...

For the hope...That is in you...

Are you hopeful...This morning...

With meekness and fear...Having a good conscience...

That when they defame you...When they lie on you...

Not if...But when...They call you...

Everything...But...A child of God...

When they define you...As an evildoer...

When they condemn...Your good conduct...

Be ready...Be ready...Be ready...

To tell them...I got hope...I got hope...

And I am...The way...I am...

Because...There’s no crown wearers in heaven...

Who were not cross-bears here on earth...

Tell them...

And I am...The way...I am...

Because of Jesus...Because Jesus...

Took hold of me one day...

And changed...My life...

So today...Even though I am persecuted...

I will not be ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ...

I may not do everything that I sposed to do...

But...For God that I live...And for God I will die...

Tell somebody...Tell somebody...Tell somebody...

Times may get rough...Things might get tough...

I’m here to remind you...And to remind me...

That...If some of us didn’t have tough times...

We wouldn’t pray...

If some of us didn’t have storms...

We would never fast...

Jesus says...

Listen church...

I know your works...Your tribulation...

And your poverty...But look ‘a here...

You...Are...Rich...

You are rich because...

SOME THINGS...MONEY CAN’T BUY...

Jesus tells the church...And us too...

If you should suffer...For doing...What is right...

You will receive a blessing...

Don’t let folk frighten you...Scare you...

Alarm you...Upset you...Or worry you...

Folk can get on your last nerve...If you let them...

Don’t be intimidated...Apprehensive...

Nervous or Alarmed...

Simply tell them...

Perhaps...You don’t you know...Who my Father is...

Perhaps...You don’t know the God I serve...

Tell them...

I refuse to live an ordinary life...

When I serve an extra-ordinary God...

Tell them...

Greater is He that is in me...

Than he who is in the world...

Tell them...

My Daddy’s...Got me covered...

Don’t be apprehensive...Nervous...Or alarmed...

I don’t care how big...They is...

Or...How bad...They is...

Or...How mean they is...

My Daddy’s...Got you covered...

Like the church at Smyr-na...

Folk are standing by...Just waiting to rain on your parade...

Evil’s always lurking...

Seem like...Folk just wait to see a smile on your face...

And here they come...With their shenanigans...

There are those of the world...Who seek to

Dishonor...Distance...And destroy...The people of God...

Trials and tribulations...Will come our way...

The storm clouds of resentment...Hatred...

Opposition and hostility...

Are sure to linger over us...Linger over us and...

Try to turn our sunshine...Into rain...

But don’t’ worry...

I got some good news...The bible says...Yea...

We are hard-pressed...On every side...Yet not crushed...

We are perplexed...But not in despair...

Persecuted...But not forsaken...

Struck down...But not destroyed...

Jesus says in John 16:33...

“In this world you will have tribulation...

That’s the bad news...

The good news...Is...What He said next...

Be of good cheer...Be happy...Be glad...

Be thankful...Be grateful...Be glad...

I have overcome the world.”...

Let me get this thing preached...

Can I get this thing preached...???????

Jesus knew of their poverty...

How can you be rich...And poor...At the same time..

Their devotion to Christ...

Put economic restrictions on them...

Many Christians in Smyrna...Who own businesses...

Had their businesses boycotted...

They were financially bankrupt...

But...SOME THINGS...MONEY CAN’T BUY...

See...Their poverty was worldly...And not spiritual...

Christ says...

Yea...I see that your funds might be a little short...

But...I declare you rich...

I see that you got more month...

Than you got money...

But...I declare you rich...

I see that you struggle...

Trying to make a way...Out of no way...

But listen to Me...But...I declare you rich...

See...Their wealth was spiritual...And not secular...

You might not have a big ole’ bank account...

With millions of dollars in it...

But...Jesus...Declares you rich...

You might not have fine cars...

Fancy minks...And a penthouse apartment...

But...Jesus...Declares you rich...

You see... SOME THINGS...MONEY CAN’T BUY...

Christians are rich in God’s love...

Mercy...Grace...And power...

The church at Smyrna was slandered...

Many of us will be slandered...

Cause we stand up...For our Lord and Savior...

The same way He stood up for us...

People are always insulting the church...

But to insult Christ’s church...Is to insult Him...

Many who say they are the Lord’s...

Are really members...Of the congregation...Of Satan...

They’re ain’t’s...And not saints...

Down through the years...

The people of God...Have faced persecution...

For standing up for that...Which is right...

We all may face some type of persecution...

Jesus says...In John 15:20

“If they persecuted Me...They will also persecute you.” ...

Don’t be surprised when they talk about you...

When they speak all manner of evil against you...

Jesus says...In Mark 13:13...

“You will be hated by all...For My name’s sake...

But he who endures...To the end...Shall be saved...

We will be hated by the world...

By our families...By our friends...

And even by those...Especially those...

Who profess to know Jesus...

We are living in an age...

When men will not endure sound doctrine...

Therefore...We face persecution...

Persecution is no stranger to the church...

Or the people of God...

Cain...Killed Abel...

John the Baptist...Killed by Herod...

Stephen...Stoned...

James...Killed with the sword....

Peter...Crucified...

Three times Paul was beaten with rods...

Only to be beheaded...

All for the sake...Of Jesus Christ...

The bible says that obedience...Is better than sacrifice...

I know I said...SOME THINGS...MONEY CAN’T BUY...

But check this out......

Money can buy a bed...But...Not sleep...

Money can buy...Finery...But not beauty...

Medicine...But...Not health...

Acquaintance...But not friends...

Sex...But...Not love...

I don’t care how much money you got...

You’re not rich...

Till you have the things...Money can’t buy...

Church...Stop trying to be like the world...

The world ain’t got nuffin’ to offer you...

You gotta seek those things...Which are above...

Where Christ is...

Don’t get me wrong...

There’s nothing wrong with money...

Wish I had more of it...

But...SOME THINGS...MONEY CAN’T BUY...

As we pursue the thighs money can’t buy...

Remember these three things...

First...In the midst of persecution...We must be steadfast...

Immovable...

Always abounding...In the work...Of the Lord...

Knowing that our labor...Is not in vain...In the Lord.”...

Second...We must be strong in the Lord...

“Be strong in the Lord...

And in the power...Of His might...

Third...We must not be afraid...

Instead...Be faithful...

The Lord is able to do abundantly...

Exceedingly...Above all that we might ask...And think...

Just hold on...A little while longer...

And everything...Will be alright...

Persecution...Will come...

But...I tried Him for myself...

And I know...That God will bring you out...

He can bring victory...Out of defeat...

Triumph...Out of tragedy...

How many know...He can bring...

Life...Out of death...

Strength...Out of weakness...

Deliverance...Out of darkness...

Mercy...Out of misery...

Blessings out of burdens.

My God can do it...

My God can do it...

My God can do it...

Let God do it...Cause...

SOME THINGS...MONEY CAN’T BUY...