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Smyrna: Choose a Faithful Church (3 of 8)
Series: Choosing a Church
We're talking about how to choose a church. This is the time of year when people are church shopping. People are moving into the city and trying to decide where God wants you to go to church. I hope that these messages will be helpful. Our subject today is "Choose a Faithful Church." We're going to read about one in Revelation 2, verse 8.
This is our Lord's second letter in a series of letters to the seven churches of Asia Minor. In these letters we have some helpful information about how people today can go about choosing the church where God wants them to attend.
You're not saved by going to church, but going to church is a good way to grow and mature in your Christian life. The church you attend is very important in terms of assisting you to become everything God has saved you to become.
The church of Smyrna was located in Asia Minor. Contrary to what we find in the letter to the Ephesians, we have no information about the church in Smyrna whatsoever. There is no mention of it in any other part of the New Testament. It is not recorded in any of the missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul. We know nothing about the church of Smyrna except what we find right here.
We do know something about the city of Smyrna itself. It was located north of Ephesus on the Aegean Sea. It was a very beautiful city. In fact, some refer to it as the "Flower of Asia." We do not know the population of the city, but we do know that the modern city of Smyrna is known as Izmir and that it has a growing population exceeding now two million people. If you have ever toured in Turkey, you probably went to the city of Izmir.
In those days in the city of Smyrna you had a city which was very well laid out. All of the streets had been planned, and as you moved about through that city you would see beauty and splendor everywhere. For instance, on th ...
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