As we continue our look at the seven letters written to the churches of Asia Minor we find ourselves with a bit of a “walking dead” situation. Sardis was a church perched high atop an acropolis that had good deeds and felt safe, but Jesus has other things to say. How do we speak truth in our world today, and how does this letter apply to the modern church?
In addition to butchering the pronunciation of the city, today we’ll discuss the letter to Thyatira. Thyatira was a working class city that most of us could relate to, but it posed a problem for Christians living and working in the city. A familiar, infamous name from the Old Testament makes an appearance, and we talk about if the lessons learned from this letter can even apply to us today.
False teachings, the throne of Satan, a double edge sword, and some interesting historical twists. We continue our “Dear Church” series with the letter written to the church of Pergamum. We’ll be discussing what all this means and if any of it is relevant to the church today.
Today we continue our “Dear Church” series with the letter addressed to the Church of Smyrna. Smyrna is unique in that there is no correction or rebuke as with the other churches who received letters (with one exception). We’ll look into the circumstances surrounding the church and talk about persecution and how it affects us today.
Today we start a new series called “Dear Church”. We’ll be looking at the letters that Jesus wrote (during John’s Revelation) to seven churches in Asia Minor. Today we look at the first letter written to the Church of Ephesus. Jesus commends the church for their hard work and perseverance, but rebukes them for forgetting that the church was their “first love”. We discuss what it means to make the church your first love, and how we as Christians should examine the world through the lens of Christ first, before anything else.