Jesus "has eyes like a flame of fire" and He's warning the church in Thyatira that He takes sexual sin very seriously. In this fourth letter, Jesus at first praises these believers: they're busy in faith, love and endurance. But this church is tolerating sexual sin, which God, in His Word and His wisdom, likens to spiritual adultery. These are the "deep things of Satan," Jesus says, very tempting in the meantime—but fruitless in the end.
In this, the conclusion of our series A Word to the Church, Jesus addresses the believers in Laodicea, a place that had become self-sufficient enough to forget why they were even alive—their dependency on their Saviour. Jesus loathes the lukewarm, those who allow pride and love of self to trick them into dullness. As we conclude our study of the seven letters to the seven churches, let's remember that Jesus is constantly inviting us to know Him. He's knocking at our door... will we answer?
Do you, like many believers, long for the day of redemption, when we will finally look upon the face of Our Lord and Saviour in His full and complete glory and triumph? In this sixth letter to the church in Philadelphia, Jesus reminds us, His faithful followers, of the power of perseverance. He knows we're weak, and sinful, and full of doubt. But instead of searching for fulfillment in a world that will never satisfy, we need to remember our true reward. There's a light that is coming for the heart that holds on!
Welcome to the fifth message in our series, A Word to the Church. Today, we're learning about Jesus' Letter to the Spiritually Dead—and remember as you listen, that when we look into these churches, we inevitably see ourselves! Jesus here addresses the church in Sardis, a city that enjoyed luxury and self-indulgence but suffered from apathy. Its Christians were relaxed, content, comfortable—but dead. Jesus pleads with the church in Sardis to wake up before it's too late, a message that especially resonates today.
Today, Jesus brings us a letter to the church in Pergamum. It's a Letter to the Sort of Faithful, and it's a word that cuts like a sword, warning false teachers and worshippers of false idols that He sees right through their deceit. He also, though, provides a word of encouragement to the unswerving, those who are truly faithful. When our life in Christ is at its most challenging, He will provide us with soul-sustaining manna. Don't give up!
Revelation 1:1 says we need to know "the things that must soon take place". In His seven letters to the seven churches, Jesus is preparing us for the end of the world and eternity. Will we listen? In His second letter, to the church in Smyrna, Jesus acknowledges the suffering that Christians must endure, the tests we, as believers, must face—with the knowledge that judgment is indeed coming. It's not easy. There's a cost to following Christ, but there's a greater cost to not following Him. Which will you choose?
Welcome to our exploration of some of the most studied passages in the Bible, the seven letters to the seven churches. Our first message, A Letter to the Love-Lacking, tackles Revelation 2:1-7, where Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, recorded by John, writes a warning letter to the Church in Ephesus. Although they are admirably serving, sacrificing, steadfast, separated and suffering, the Ephesians have lost their fire for the Lord. They've become apathetic and irreverent. Are we like the Ephesians? Their only hope—and ours—is to repent to love, and to repent to live!