Sermons

The Throne of God

There is nothing we could ever imagine as beautiful and breathtaking as the Throne of God, our Heavenly Father and Creator! In Revelation chapter four God shows John a vision of this scene, and John describes it for us! Can you imagine what it is going to be like to see that? As Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13, we perceive this dimly now, but one day we are going to see this scene in all its brilliance!

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A Pillar in the Temple of My God

Revelation chapter three closes with the final two churches of the seven that Christ gave specific messages. As we look at the last two churches, they stand in stark contrast to each other. The Philadelphians are the faithful, while the Laodicean church is described as lukewarm. This will be characteristic of the end times. There will be many of both of these types of churches. We already can see many of both of these types in America. May we be faithful! Those with conquering faith will be granted the opportunity to be with God forever!

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White Garments and Our Names in the Book of Life

The fifth church that Jesus gave a message to was the church at Sardis. Jesus accused this church of looking alive, but actually being dead. What does it mean to be spiritually dead? If a church is dead, what are the signs? We never want to be the church that fools ourselves and others into thinking that we are lively when we are not. Jesus is never fooled, because He is the one “who searches mind and heart” (Rev. 2:23). But God had a remnant in Sardis! It was small, but Jesus indicated it was enough to strengthen the entire church. There is always hope in Christ! Even for a church that was pronounced dead!

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Authority Over the Nations and the Morning Star

Thyatira is the next church to receive a specific personal message from Christ. This is one of the saddest churches of the seven, because He says that they were tolerant of a false prophetess who was leading people astray. He also said that He gave her time to repent, and she would not. As long as we are breathing it is never too late to repent, but sometimes we miss our God-given opportunities when we harden our hearts. To the one who endures to the end, Jesus promised that we would rule with Him, and receive Him as our reward!

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Hidden Manna and a White Stone

We’ll continue on with Christ’s letters to the seven churches today. Today we will look at His message to the third city, Pergamum. This church began to compromise their faith in practice, by mixing pagan practices with Christianity. By examining the compromises made, we can see that there is something that is much more dangerous to the church than persecution; it is compromise.This is a lesson that still greatly applies today. What are the dangers of compromise? How can compromise be avoided or corrected? May we not have a compromised faith! May we be completely devoted to the Lord!

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Unhurt by the Second Death

What is your perspective on tribulation or persecution? In His second letter to the churches, Jesus recognized the persecution they had endured, and encouraged the church of Smyrna to be faithful until the end. When we endure persecution, suffering, pressure, and trouble our faith is tested and strengthened, and a unique promise is made to us by our Lord.

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