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The Seven Churches of Revelation - Smyrna
January 24, 2024 | Mark Johnson

The church in Smyrna was one that was begun by Paul during his missionary journeys.
Revelation 2:8-11
Jesus is speaking to the church in Smyrna saying:
" He is the first.
" He is the last, the final judge of all mankind.
" He died and came to life.

Life has been tough on believers. As the message of the Gospel has spread, there were two opponents.
1. The Roman rulers
2. The Jews
The Church is called to be a lamp in the world.
Individual followers of Christ are called to be stars that shine in the darkness.
We are called to do things that show the glory or wisdom of God as we serve the world.
Our exclusive claims will stir trouble with the world.
Jesus gives these promises:
" I will give you the crown of life.
" The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.

Things to consider:
" Is your doctrinal knowledge strong enough to keep you from being fooled?
" Are you building a strong doctrinal foundation in your family?
" Who are you allowing to influence your values and your family's values?
" What tests have you faced at the hands of unbelievers and how have you stood in the test?
Smyrna is one of two churches that Jesus gives no correction to, but simply calls them to endure.
Let's endure even rejection.

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