A Church Facing Persecution

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This lessons is on the church at Smyrna as found in the book of Revelation.

This is Part #2 of a seven part series covering the messages to teh seven churches of Asia as contained in the book of Revelation.

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A Church Facing Persecution

  1. 1. A Church Facing Persecution<br />Thoughts on the Seven Churches <br />
  2. 2. A Church Facing Persecution<br />Smyrna <br />Called Izmir (Turkey) today<br />Located around Aegean Sea.<br />Temple to Tiberius<br />A following to the Greek god Dionysus<br />
  3. 3. The Spoken Word<br />Christ knew:<br />Their works<br />Their poverty<br />The slander<br />
  4. 4. The Commendation<br />Their Commendation (verse 9-10)<br />They are spiritually rich<br />They are enduring persecution<br />
  5. 5. The Rebuke<br />There is no rebuke to the church at Smyrna.<br />Christ informs them of the tribulation to come.<br />
  6. 6. The Solution<br />“Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”<br />(Revelation 2.10b)<br />
  7. 7. The Consequence<br />There is no consequence of inaction to the church at Smyrna.<br />
  8. 8. The Promise<br />“The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.”<br />(Revelation 2.11)<br />
  9. 9. Are You Prepared?<br />“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.”<br />(Revelation 2.10)<br />
  10. 10. Are You Prepared?<br />“Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted…”<br />(2 Timothy 3.12; ESV)<br />
  11. 11. Individual Preparation?<br />Are you prepared?<br />1 Peter 3.15<br />2 Timothy 4.6-8<br />2 Corinthians 5.5<br />Ephesians 2.10<br />
  12. 12. Congregational Preparation?<br />Are we prepared?<br />Galatians 6.1<br />Romans 15.1<br />Ephesians 2.10<br />
  13. 13. A Church Facing Persecution<br />Thoughts on the Seven Churches <br />

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