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The Persecuted Church (2 of 13)
Series: Touring The Churches
Ernest L. Easley
Now take God’s word and turn with me to the last book found in the Bible: the book of Revelation as we continue touring the churches.
Similar to The Marietta Pilgrimage, A Christmas Home Tour that takes place every December through the Historic District of Marietta, we’re taking The Members Pilgrimage, A Christian Church Tour. And just as you can walk through the six private homes taking in the sights, we’re walking through the seven churches of Asia Minor taking in the sights.
Here’s what happens during the Christmas Home Tour: as people walk through them, they will see something and say, ''that looks like our kitchen, our den, our fireplace mantle.'' And as we tour the seven churches in Revelation 2-3, we’ll be saying, ''That looks like our Sunday School class, our 242 Group, our church.''
Keep in mind that …
these seven churches are literal churches,
they represent conditions found in all churches beginning at Pentecost until the Rapture,
and they represent the attitudes of church members.
You’re going to find yourself, your small group and our church throughout this tour. In fact, some of you found yourself last time together in the church at Ephesus. Jesus said to them in Revelation 2.4, ''Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.'' They were still going through the motions but no longer had the passion for God like they did when they were first saved.
And Jesus says to that kind of church member in verse 5, ''Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove you lampstand from its place, unless you repent.'' The church at Ephesus was the abandoned church; they had left their first love.
Now today’s tour brings us to the second of the seven churches of Asia (modern day Turkey) forty miles northwest of Ephesus to the harbor town o ...
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