Summary: The door of evangelism was wide open to them and they did God's will. They obeyed His will. There was no condemnation uttered for this church. There was only an admonition to hold fast what they had.

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I. Introduction

A. Quick review of the 5 previous churches

1. The church at Ephesus

a. The church at Ephesus was commended for

(1) Hard work and perseverance

(2) For its stand against heresy

(3) For enduring hardships for Christ's name

(4) And for hating the practices of the Nicolaitans

b. But, the church was condemned for leaving its first love

(1) All that hard work

(2) All that hardship they endured

(3) Their strict stand against false teachings

(4) All this without the love of Christ that first fuelled their passions

c. The Spirit's warnings are to repent and return to that first love

(1) Or the church would cease to exist

d. But, for those who hear and take what they hear seriously, there is a promise

(1) Eternal life

(2) In Christ's kingdom

(3) The right to eat of the tree of life

e. The age of the church at Ephesus was the Apostolic age - to about 170 AD

(1) This age was characterized by strong orthodoxy

(2) But a waning of Christian love

2. The church at Smyrna

a. The Commendable things about the church at Smyrna

(1) Their affliction

(2) Their poverty

(3) Their spiritual riches

b. The admonition

(1) Not to be afraid

(2) But, to remain faithful

(3) Even to the point of death

c. The Promise

(1) The promise of the crown of life

(2) To those who love Christ and endure hardship for His name's sake

(3) And the promise of not being hurt by the second death

d. There was no condemnation for the church at Smyrna

(1) But, there was condemnation for the persecutors of the church

e. The age of the church at Smyrna was to about 314 AD

(1) This age was characterized by sever persecution

3. The church at Pergamum

a. The commendation

(1) For remaining true to the name of Christ

(2) For holding fast the faith

b. The condemnation

(1) For compromising with the world

(2) For the practice of elevating the clergy

c. The warning

(1) Repent

(2) Or Christ will fight the heresy with the Word of God

d. The promise

(1) To the overcomer

(2) The hidden Manna

(3) And the white stone, the precious intimate gift from Christ Himself

e. The age of the church at Pergamum was to about 590 AD

(1) This was the beginning of the Roman catholic church

(2) The beginning of the marriage between the sacred and the secular

4. The church at Thyatira

a. A church with two characters

(1) The character of Lydia

(2) And the character of Jezebel

b. The commendation

(1) works

(2) love

(3) faith

(4) service

(5) patience

(6) in increasing measure

c. The condemnation

(1) for Jezebel and her followers

d. The warning

(1) for Jezebel and her followers to repent

(2) And an admonition for the others to hold on to what they have

e. And The Promise

(1) To rule with Christ

(2) And to be given Christ Himself

(a) He is, after all, our bridegroom

f. The age of the church at Thyatira began with the Pope being elevated to secular power and ended with the reformation

(1) This was the age of the two character church

(a) A working faith

(b) And idolatry

5. The church at Sardis

a. The church at Sardis was dead, even though it seemed to be alive

b. Christ condemns the church for its lack of life and incomplete works

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