The book of Revelation is a book that contains rich and confusing imagery while providing a beautiful vision of the vindication of the Lord. We are given glimpses of the redeemed worship around the throne, and gory depictions of the battles between good and evil. But we must be reminded, that in its original setting, Revelation was written to bring comfort to suffering Christians during the rule of Rome and its emperor. Early in the book, we read letters written to seven churches. In these letters, we are given glimpses of the church experience in the first century. What if Jesus wrote a letter to our church? What would he say to us? How would he label us? We will explore these questions by looking at the letters to the seven churches of Asia.
Sermons in this series
- Dear Church…September 23rd, 2018
The American church's experience of persecution more correctly resembles inconvenience. But throughout history real persecution - imprisonment, violence and death - has been a part of the church's experience. Smyrna was one of those places. Put the message of encouragement from Jesus is that he is in our midst, that he cares for us, and that we will not be hurt by the second death.
- Dear Church…September 9th, 2018
Fear is THE word that many associate with the book of Revelation. Imagery of war, death, destruction and darkness - eek! But to its original recipients, the seven churches, it was a message of comfort and encouragement to these early Jesus communities who were hurting.