To the Church in Pergamum

Message 4 of 9 in the series Burn Brightly

12  “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: ‘The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword.

13  “‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14  But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. 15  So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth. 17  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’

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Revelation 2:12-17, ESV

Discussion Questions

  • What are some significant things about the city of Pergamum that would have presented challenges for the church that existed there?

  • The one word theme used in this series for the letter to Pergamum is ‘Uncompromising’. Who was attempting to get the church to compromise? In what specific ways was the church likely being tempted? What did Jesus want the church to do in repentance?

  • Jesus promises bread from Heaven for those who hunger. How do our souls hunger? In what ways do we seek to satisfy that hunger? What does Jesus promise His followers?

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