Contributed on Apr 18, 2004
This is the first of a seven part series: "Seven Letters to Seven Chruches" based on the letters to the seven churches in Revelation.
Intro to the “Seven Letters to Seven Churches” series. Seven churches enduring difficult times: persecution. As we go through this the next 7 weeks, let’s ask ourselves, “Is this our church? What is similar? What can we learn?” I remember the “Where’s the beef?” Wendy’s commercials. It had ...read more
Contributed on Apr 25, 2004
This is on the Letter to Smyrna.
This is the only mention in the Bible about the Church of Smyrna. Smyrna was very close to Ephesus, which we looked at last week. Paul likely started the church while he was in Ephesus for three years. Acts 19:10 says, “This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia heard the ...read more
Contributed on May 1, 2004
This about the letter to the Church in Pergamum.
We hear a lot in our day about pressure. We have pressure here. We have pressure there. Pressure, pressure, everywhere pressure. We talk about pressure with the weather. One thing I have noticed is that when we have low pressure, we get hurricanes. High pressure brings a clear, sunny ...read more
Contributed on May 6, 2004
This is about the letter to Thyatira.
There is a British comedy show called Keeping Up Appearances. (Give brief overview of the show.) Things aren’t always as they appear. The middle church of the seven is a church where things weren’t as they appeared. Read Revelation 2:18-29. One thing that is fascinating about this letter is ...read more
Contributed on May 14, 2004
This is on the letter to Sardis.
Do your remember the Folgers commercial where that college student named Peter sneaks into the house at Christmas and started making coffee? Everyone in the house soon woke up to rich aroma. The churches of chapter 2 are told to “remember,” “repent,” “be faithful,” “hold fast,” and other things. ...read more
Contributed on May 21, 2004
This is on the Letter to Philadelphia
Some places have locked doors where you can’t go. Many businesses have “security doors” to control who can and can’t get in or out. Stores have “open doors” at the front, but closed doors in the back. We are to use the “open” door, not the closed one. Read Revelation 3:7-13. There are some ...read more
Contributed on Jun 6, 2004
This is on the church in Laodicea.
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