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A study of the Book of Revelation exploring the end of the world and the only thing that can save it.
As Jesus continues to address the problems facing the churches in Asia the Christians in Pergamos have been infiltrated with compromisers and those who want to take over the church with hierarchy.
Just Visiting: Pergamum July 15, 2012 Text: Revelation 2:12-17; Philippians 3:18-21 Key Thought: Churches must continually seek to be loyal to Jesus in every way regardless of challenges. Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. To everyone who is victorious I will give some of the manna that has been hidden away in heaven. (Revelation 2)
Today, most churches have made it a tradition to hold an annual meeting for strategic planning. More often, this annual planning meeting is designed for church leaders to come together and do extensive evaluations of the church’s strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities. Then, out of these evaluations will come some necessary ministry adjustments, initiatives, and annual goals. I know churches that have done this who testify that doing so has provided them with greater growth and health.
Today's sermon is about the subject of faithfulness and how the message to the church of Smyrna is relevant to us today. Faithfulness, though costly, is not futile.
A sermon on Revelation 2:12-17
The church of Laodicea was a successful group, yet they measured success by the same exact standards as their culture. Many of us do the exact same thing; we judge success according to the values of our culture. Jesus calls out to this church, urging them to be a healing community or a refreshing community to this world. But they are not; they are lukewarm. They do not offer anything to the world because they have become just like them. Jesus is speaking to all of us who have grown complacent in our success. He is begging us to wake up to the reality of our desperate need of him. We are a poor, wretched, pitiable people who have been saved by a great, magnificent savior, and he calls us to repent of trying to solve our problems on our own and to cling to his death and resurrection as our only hope. All those who repent and turn away from their self-sufficiency and rely on Jesus will find that he gives more than they could ever imagine, for he gives himself.
Today we will take a look at the church in Pergamum. Out of all the cities written about in the letter to the seven churches, perhaps none is more flamboyant in its worship of false gods that Pergamum. Pergamum rested on what was called an acropolis, a large city on a hill that was 16 miles from the Aegean Sea it overlooked. It was a wealthy city with many attractions, including the second largest library in the world. It was a major tourist attraction with large and expensive theatres, gymnasiums and temples built throughout the city. Pergamum had temples built for the goddess Athena, the goddess Asclepius, Demeter, Dionysus, the goddess Hera, and of course, an altar to Zeus.