To the Church in Smyrna

Message 3 of 9 in the series Burn Brightly

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To the Church in Smyrna

Series: Burn Brightly (3 of 9)By David McConnell

Services Sunday Morning Worship February 6, 2022 at Agape Church

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Audiences: General

“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life.

“‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’

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Revelation 2:8-11, ESV

Discussion Questions

  • In your own words, why do you think it is helpful for a modern day Christian to read the letters to the 7 churches in Revelation?

  • The one word theme used in this series for the letter to Smyrna was ‘Stand’. What issues was Smyrna facing? Why would it have been so hard for them to remain faithful to Jesus in their day?

  • The exhortation from Jesus to Smyrna was to ‘be faithful unto death’. How can a believer apply that to their daily life even if they are not facing physical death for their faith?

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