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The Sleeping Church (8 of 40)
Series: GOD'S SPECIAL BOOK OF BLESSING
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
November 10, 2002
As we continue our study of GOD'S SPECIAL BOOK OF BLESSING, join me in Revelation chapter 3. Keep in mind that the book of Revelation is the unveiling, the uncovering of the person of Jesus Christ.
In fact, the book begins in verse 1, "The Revelation of Jesus Christ." And that word "Revelation" is the Greek word "Apokalupis" where we get the word Apocalypse.
We are learning these days about the Apocalypse, which means "the unveiling, the uncovering" of Jesus Christ.
Also keep in mind that God has given us an outline to follow in our study of the Apocalypse. And that outline 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, messages to the seven churches of Asia, the grace of Jesus); and the things which will take place after this (chapters 4-22, the government of Jesus.)"
You will find it easier to keep up and understand the Revelation once you get a grasp of God's outline.
Now we come this morning to chapter 3 as we continue our tour of these seven churches of Asia, modern day Turkey! These seven churches describe seven kinds of churches and seven kinds of church members that are still among us today.
Perhaps you found yourself in the church at Ephesus, the Sidetracked church. Perhaps you love to serve Jesus than you love Jesus. If so, Jesus says to you, "Repent or I'll remove my blessing on your service."
But if not at Ephesus, perhaps you found yourself at the church of Smyrna, the Suffering Church. When you decide to sell out to Jesus, as long as the Devil is loose and most people are lost, you will experience suffering!
Well, if you didn't find yourself at Ephesus or Smyrna, perhaps you did at the church of Pergamos, the Secular church. Rather than you being in the world, the world has gotten into you. You talk l ...
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