Summary: Number 4 in series: Thyatira "The Letters to the Seven Churches"
# 4 in series: The Letters to the Seven Churches
From the pulpit of Bayview Baptist Church, June 3, 2001
“Is Bayview Baptist Church Similar to Thyatira Baptist?”
The city of Thyatira in Asia Minor was not an important city of Asia, being not religious or political, but instead a center of trade.
Thyatira was on a city on the road from Pergamos to Sardis.
This city was given the name Thyatira by Seleucus Nicator sometime between the years 301 and 281 B.C. when Seleucus colonized the city with Greeks.
Among the various skills such as carpentry and masonry, the skill of dying Purple cloth was what made the city famous and was one of the main commodities of trade in Thyatira.
The city of Thyatira was not an important city of Asia, being not religious or political, but instead a center of trade.
Unlike many of the other cities mentioned in Revelation, only traces of the existence of the city of Thyatira remain today.
Lydia, the woman the Apostle Paul converted to Christianity at Philippi was from the city of Thyatira, which is of the province of Lydia.
Of course, we remember Lydia as a woman who made her living by selling purple dyed goods.
She was a worshiper of God before Paul arrived at Philippi, but Lydia received the gospel of Christ and asked Jesus to become her personal Savior and Lord under Paul’s guidance.
Lydia was Paul’s first convert in Macedonia and the Continent of Europe, and at her urgent invitation, Paul and his missionary associates were guests at Lydia’s home.
Then later, when Paul and Silas were releases from one of their prison crusades, of which they had been consigned after a riot of which they were the innocent cause, they returned to the home of Lydia and were her guests once again.
Thyatira means sacrifice of labor.
The commendations for the church at Thyatira are: deeds, love and faith, service and perseverance, and “you are now doing more than you did at first.”
1. The church was noted for its good works.
Works are credentials of real believers.
2. Their manifestation of love and patient endurance of faith had steadily increased and had not grown cold like the church at Ephesus.
Love and faith are the main springs that turn the hands of work.
3. Service is doing ministry.
4. Patience is endurance no matter how dark the world is.
The reproof for the church at Thyatira is that they tolerate the pagan doctrine of a false Jezebel
The Greek word for Jezebel is false teacher.
The criticism Christ had for the church is that there had arisen in the church a woman of whom Jezebel was the prototype.
You remember the story of King Ahab of the Northern Kingdom of Israel and his pagan queen Jezebel.
She loved to worship Baal and supported over 800 prophets of Baal financially and allowed them to eat at her table.
King Ahab claimed to love the truth, but he was blinded by his evil queen and did what she wanted him to do.
Jezebel, Ahab’s pagan queen, had supported idolatry, and this woman in the church at Thyatira was supporting teaching that was leading some away from the Christian faith.