Summary: Sermon Series on the 7 letters to the churches in Revelation with help from Pastor Ken D. Trivette
The History of Smyrna: Acts 17:5-8
Smyrna--means bitter which origins come from "myrrh" that is a perfume that comes from being crushed and beaten.
Polycarp--was the pastor at Smyrna and martyred, burned alive in A.D. 155.
1) Jesus Commends Smyrna: Vs. 9-10 "I know your afflictions and your poverty--yet you are rich! I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days." (NIV)
For their Faithfulness under:
Fierce Persecution of the Church!
Smyrna was severely persecuted by the Roman Emperors from Nero to Diocletian whom was the worst!
Severe Poverty! Luke 9:57- 62
The Blasphemy of the Truth!
Smyrna stood strong under the persecution that came from the Synagogue of Satan!
2) Jesus Commands Smyrna: Vs. 10-11 "Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life... He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death." (NIV)
To Keep on Keeping On with their:
Thoughts on another World! Colossians 3:1-2
Treasures in another World! Matthew 6:20
As the Crown of Life awaits!
James 1:12 "Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him." (NIV)
Question: Will you keep on keeping on knowing that it will all be worth it someday?