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The Secular Church (6 of 40)
Series: GOD'S SPECIAL BOOK OF BLESSING
Ernest L. Easley
Our study of GOD'S SPECIAL BOOK OF BLESSING brings us to chapter 2, verse 12. So, take God's Word and join me in Revelation chapter 2.
Did you know that God has promised you a special blessing if you read, hear and keep the words of the prophecy which means to live in light of what it says? Revelation 1:3, "Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near."
But not only a promise from God, but also a picture from God. That is, a picture of the entire book of Revelation. And that picture is found in chapter 1:19, "Write the things which you have seen (chapter 1, glory of Jesus) and the things which are (chapters 2-3, grace of Jesus), and the things which will take place after this (chapters 4-22, the government of Jesus)."
And this morning we find ourselves in that "grace of Jesus" section in chapter 2. These are the seven churches of Asia, modern day Turkey. They were seven literal churches. They represent seven kinds of churches and church members. And within these seven churches, you will find Roswell Street Baptist Church as well as yourself.
Jesus had something to say to each of these churches and Jesus has something to say to us. We need to be like Samuel who said, "Speak, LORD, for Your servant hears" (I Samuel 3:9).
We need to be like the preacher who walked to the pulpit and began saying, "Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Lord, now that's our answer, now tell us what you want."
In Revelation 2:12, we find Jesus' words to the church at Pergamos. Now if the church at Ephesus was the Sidetracked Church and the church at Smyrna was the Suffering Church, the church at Pergamos was
The Secular Church
In traveling North from Smyrna, you arrive in the city of Pergamos, the capital of Asia. As you can see from this ...
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