Smyrna: The suffering church

Publié le 10 juillet 2021 dans Traductions

Sermon by Pastor Samuel Niblack

As we approach summer vacation, we often take to the road, and sometimes we see signs pointing to historic sites, such as 13th century churches. This summer we are visiting 7 churches from the 1st century. This morning, we are visiting Smyrna (modern-day Izmir).

Let’s read Revelation 2:8-11

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

9 “‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander[a] 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.’

The church we are going to look at this morning would probably be our last choice, and yet it is one of the only ones that receives no reproach from its Lord, this suffering, persecuted church: the church of Smyrna. 

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A Church without Love (Rev. 2:1-7)

Publié le 3 juillet 2021 dans Traductions

Sermon by Pastor Vincent Bourrel

Introduction

We’re starting a summer series on the letters to the 7 churches in Asia, found in chapters 2 and 3 of the Book of Revelation. We are at the end of the first century when the apostle John (a very old man in exile on the island of Patmos) receives this revelation from Jesus Christ himself who dictates these letters to him.

The 7 recipient churches were assemblies established in Asia Minor (Turkey). They have different health conditions and different circumstances. To each one Jesus sends the appropriate message. This shows us that Jesus is interested in his churches, he knows them, he is delighted by some things and saddened by other things. He knows the EBTM, he watches over us. He wants to encourage us and stimulate us in the faith.

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The Revelation of Jesus Christ (Rev. 1:1-6)

Publié le 3 juillet 2021 dans Traductions

Sermon by Pastor Samuel Niblack (preached 27/06/2021)

When we suggest to start studying the book of Revelation, you might rub your hands with glee, saying, “Great! That will help us decode the news, the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation in Israel, the geopolitical tensions, the vaccine, etc.” But that would be wrong. That’s not the aim of this book, and that’s not why we’re going to study it.

From the very first verse, we can see that it’s not a book meant to encrypt things and leave us puzzled, but the project of this book is quite the opposite: it is to reveal, to show, to make known. It is a revelation from Jesus. (According to one commentary, this book is not without challenges but is overall “easier to understand than the gospels”) It is a revelation from Jesus, and it is a revelation about Jesus. According to v3, it’s even a blessing, a real pleasure for anyone who reads and keeps these words. It is this blessing that we want to make our own this summer.

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