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Check out Sermon #3 of our 2021 kickoff series the Greatest Reset. Greg speaks about the church in Pergamum. Revelation 2:12-17. Here are the devotions for the week.
Day 1 – Acts 15:24-30 records the decision of the Jerusalem Council. What do we learn about conflict management in the early church?
Day 2 – Back to Acts 15 specifically verse 28. Have you ever felt that the Holy Spirit has given you insight into a difficult decision?
Day 3 – We asked the question in the message of how to you determine right and wrong for yourself? This is the question I want you to explore today.
Day 4 – In the second letter to Timothy, Paul writes these final words regarding the role of the Bible in his life. Read 2 Timothy 3:10-17 what are the four functions of Scripture?
Day 5 – Reread 2 Timothy 3:10-17. How have you experienced the Bible equipping you for Christian living?
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Oracle to the Angel of the Church in Smyrna. Revelation 2:8-11. 8 “To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. 9 I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. 11 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.
What is suffering?
What is faithfulness?
What is a time in your life where you have been faithful to God? What is a time where God has been faithful to you?
Day 1 – Revelation 22:12-13 Jesus refers to himself as the Alpha and Omega how does this help people who are suffering for their faith.
Day 2 – James 1:2-4 In Canada we don’t usually face persecution, but we can at times face opposition. What should our attitude be?
Day 3 – Matthew 12:33-37 One of the ways that the church in Smyrna suffered was through malicious slander. How does this passage help you work through the pain of being slandered?
Day 4 – Isaiah 41 is a declaration from God to restore his people. As Christians how does this passage encourage us when we face fearful situations?
Day 5 – Hebrews 4:14-16 – Jesus said to the church in Smyrna that he knew of their suffering. Jesus showed empathy. Read these verses and be reminded that Jesus does know of our struggles.
Here are the follow-up Devotions for week 1
This last week we explored the Oracle to the Church in Ephesus. The Ephesian church is mentioned in multiple places in the New Testament. This week we are going to look at some of those mentions.
Day 1 What do we learn about the Ephesian Church in Acts 19:1-7.
Day 2 What do we learn about the city of Ephesus from the rest of Acts 19?
Day 3 Paul wrote a letter to "the saints in Ephesus" How did he feel about them? (Ephesians 1:15-23)
Day 4 Ephesus was also the sphere of Timothy's ministry. Based on Revelation 2. Do you think that Timothy was effective in helping the church in Ephesus root out false teaching? 1 Timothy 1:3-7
Revelation 2 “To the angel[a] of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. 2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. 3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. 4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. 5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. 6 But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
What was the Ephesian church good at?
What were they lacking in?
What does it mean to forsake their first love?