We’re wrapping up our Dear Church series with the letter to Laodicea. Laodicea was the wealthiest of the seven churches who received letters. They were the banking capitol of the area, had a booming garment trade, and manufactured a high sought after eye salve. But for all their wealth and comfort they had a few serious problems. Their water supply was disgusting, and unpalatable. Jesus uses these circumstances to speak truth to the lukewarm congregation.
The city of brotherly love, but not the one your thinking of. Today we’re continuing our Dear Church series as we progress through the letters Jesus wrote to the seven churches in Asia minor. As we look into the letter we’ll discuss the meaning behind it, community as a body of believers, and what it means to be weak.
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.
In the series finale of FAQs we discuss the question “How is Christianity different from other religions?” This topic will tie in much of what we talked about throughout our series. Is there really that big of a difference? Don’t all religions just lead eventually to God? We talk about all these things and more.
Out with the old and in with the new, right? What is the point of reading the Old Testament if we have a new one? Is the Old Testament even relevant in our modern lives? As we continue our discussion of frequently asked questions that are encountered in Christianity we turn our attention to the first thirty nine books of the bible and talk about the relevance is has in our lives.
Today we tackle a delicate questions as we continue our FAQs series. There are so many misconceptions and misunderstandings about heaven. Death is never an easy topic to cover, but we have hope in Jesus! Those who believe don’t need to fear death, but a questions that is often pondered is “Will I be able to recognize my loved ones in heaven?” We’ll turn to scripture for answers as we seek our answer.