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To the angel at the Church in Smyrna
As we move to the second church in Revelation, we’re still going to talk about love. You see, in the Bible, love is always more than words and feelings. It is characterized by actions. If you say to God, “I love you, Lord,” God is going to respond, “You can’t just say it; you have to show it.” If you examine our text this morning, you will find an important characteristic of love that we cannot take for granted – it is loyalty. You cannot have love without it. If a person is truly in love with someone, he or she will certainly be faithful and devoted, even in tough and trying times.
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 2:8-11
The church in Smyrna was made up of poor people who had endured many hardships. Jesus, the First and the Last, who defeated death, knows their tribulation, poverty, and the slander from the Jews that they have endured. Jesus tells them that he hears them, and yet they continue suffering. Not only does he call the church to not be afraid, he calls them to be faithful by treasuring him above all else, even to the point of death. He promises that the sufferings we experience right now, no matter how heavy they are, will one day seem light and momentary compared to the glory that he holds in store for his people. He suffered to end our suffering. He suffered so that no matter how much we have suffered at death, it is over. We will have an eternity with him.
Session 2 of the 13 week series on the book of Revelation
Polycarp was the Pastor of the Smyrnean Church. He certainly recieved this letter from John. This sermon correlates the letter with the writings and martyrdom of Polycarp.
Pain is one of the brutal facts of life. Christianity is one of the only worldviews that gives people an honest way to look at pain, and a way to overcome. In this sermon Pastor Tim looks at the ways pain can be used to bring clarity to our faith.