We complete our journey to the seven churches of Asia with a visit to Laodicea. The Lord finds no sin or false doctrine in the congregation, yet He provides His sternest rebuke. These brethren were “lukewarm,” which makes this the most relevant of the seven letters for us.
The Lord’s sixth of seven letters is to the church in ancient Philadelphia; it includes three symbolic pictures: a key, a door, and a pillar. What is the relation between these symbols, and what is the message for us?
Our journey through the Seven Churches of Asia continues with the Lord’s letter to the church of Sardis. In each letter we find a quality Jesus wants to see in His bride, the church. For Sardis, and Henderson, that quality is, “be real!”
Each of the letters to the seven churches features a characteristic Jesus desires to see in every congregation. For Ephesus, it was love. For Smyrna, it was faithfulness. For Pergamum, it was truth and for Thyatira, the quality is moral purity. The message for Henderson is clear.
We continue our visit to the seven churches of Asia by reading the letter Jesus wrote to the church at Pergamum, a city filled with idolatrous worship. The battle here is the battle for the truth of God, the same in Henderson as it was in Pergamum.
The Lord continues His spiritual inventory by telling the early saints in Smyrna, “Do not fear what you are about to suffer.” In a world of growing terror, what does this mean for the Henderson church?
(Missing first part of recording) Today we begin a series of lessons on the Seven Churches of Asia, specifically, the letters Jesus sent to each congregation through the apostle John on the island of Patmos. in taking inventory of Ephesus, the Lord says, “You have left your first love.” Through what He said to them,…