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Pergamos: An Uncompromising Church (4 of 8)
Series: Choosing a Church
We are looking at the letters of our Lord Jesus Christ in the book of the Revelation to the seven churches of Asia Minor. In these messages and in these churches the Lord gives us some very helpful instructions about how to choose a church.
Most of you have already chosen your church, and First Baptist Church of Jacksonville is your church. Others of you are visiting and looking around and trying to find where God wants you to go to church.
When you look at these seven letters, you'll find a great deal of helpful information. For instance, in the message of the church of Ephesus, we learn that we are to choose a loving church. You want to go to a place where the people love Jesus and love one another and they love lost people.
Next we have the letter to the church of Smyrna. We learn from that church that you want to choose a church where there is faithfulness. The Lord said to the church of Smyrna, "Be thou faithful unto death and I will give you a crown of life." You want to be in a church where people are dependable, totally committed, and are faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are going to learn something else from the letter to the church of Pergamos about how to choose a church. When you look at a map of Asia Minor and follow these churches, you will see that they are roughly in a circle. As you move from one to another you are basically making a circle. About 70 miles up above the city of Smyrna there was the city of Pergamos. If you were coming by the Aegean Sea, you would dock and walk about 15 miles inland to the lush valley, the Caicus Valley, and you would find the magnificent city of Pergamos.
I have been to Pergamos. Today there is a small village named Bergama, and it is just a shadow of the glory that was past in the city of Pergamos.
The city of Pergamos was the capital city of Mysia. It was a ...
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