Seven Churches

{SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA}
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  1. The Prologue to Revelation - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 1:1-3The Prologue presents the key themes and characters of the book)
  2. Greetings to the Seven Churches - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 1:4-8 - The salutation from the Throne to the seven churches of Asia highlights the main themes of the book, especially the present reign of Jesus)
  3. A Call to Action - Seven Beatitudes - {PDF Copy- (Through a series of seven “beatitudes,” the book of Revelation summons believers to faithfulness despite hostility and persecution)
  4. Introduction to the Seven Churches of Asia - {PDF Copy} - (The visitation of Jesus to each of the Seven Churches prepares the reader to understand the visions that follow the letters to the churches of Asia)
  5. The Ruler of the Kings of the Earth - (Revelation 1:4-6 - The book of Revelation declares Jesus the present “ruler of the kings of the earth,” a fulfillment of the promise of a Davidic king) - {PDF Copy}
  6. John, A Fellow-Participant in the Kingdom - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 1:9Exiled to the isle of Patmos, John is a “fellow-participant” in the tribulation of the churches and a surrogate for them in his visions)
  7. First Vision - Son of Man - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 1:8-20 - John sees Jesus represented by a glorious priestly figure walking among seven golden lampstands)
  8. The Church at Ephesus - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:1-7The messenger of the assembly at Ephesus is commended for rejecting false apostles but chastised for losing his “first love")
  9. The Church at Smyrna - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:8-11 - The church at Smyrna is promised more tribulation based on its past faithfulness in persecution)
  10. The Church at Pergamos - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:12-17The church at Pergamos is corrected for tolerating the teachings of “Balaam”)
  11. The Church at Thyatira - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:18-29The prophetess, “Jezebel,” deceived many saints at Thyatira into accommodating idolatrous practices)
  12. The Church at Sardis - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:1-6The church in the city of Sardis receives no commendation, only warnings, and a summons to repent)
  13. The Church at Philadelphia - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:7-13Like the church at Smyrna, Philadelphia receives no correction. She is faithful and, therefore, will be kept from the hour of trial)
  14. The Church at Laodicea - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:14-29The church at Laodicea receives no commendation, only correction)
{INDIVIDUAL TOPICS}
  1. Taking Revelation's Target Audience Seriously - {PDF Copy} - (Christians reign with Jesus and fulfill their royal role as “priests” who render service to God in His “Tabernacle” - Revelation 1:5-6)
  2. Kingdom...Priests - {PDF Copy} - (The book of Revelation is addressed to seven actual churches in the province of Asia in the first century A.D.)
  3. Lamb and Messiah - The Messianic Reign in Revelation - {PDF Copy} - (In the book of Revelation, Jesus began his Messianic Reign following his Death and Resurrection – Revelation 5:6-10)
  4. The Saints of God in Revelation - {PDF Copy} - (In Revelation, the “saints” are identified and defined by their relationship to Jesus, not ethnicity or membership in the nation of Israel)
  5. The Nicolaitans - {PDF Copy} - (The “Nicolaitan” deception taught believers to compromise with the idolatrous rites of the surrounding society and to participate in the Roman imperial cult)
  6. Kept from the Hour of Trial - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:10Revelation nowhere describes the physical removal of the Church from the earth to escape the tribulation)
  7. The Beginning of the New Creation of God - Jesus - (Revelation 3:14 - Revelation looks forward to the reign of Jesus in the New Creation, a reality inaugurated by his Death and Resurrection) - {PDF Copy}
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