Sardis: A Lifeless Church (Rev. 3:1-6)

Publié le 8 août 2021 dans Traductions

Sermon by Pastor Samuel Niblack

As the proverb goes, « You have to start by putting your own house in order. » That is what Jesus does in this letter of Revelation. It’s true that this book will describe the final judgment, but his own churches are judged first. Jesus cannot be blamed for not putting his own house in order first.

And the fact that the book of Revelation begins this way shows that Jesus has built into his church a capacity for questioning, repentance, reformation, self-correction. It is true that the history of Christianity has not always been brilliant, but it is also true that the Church is not in constant decline.  On the contrary, it is the story of reforms, revivals, awakenings, of rediscovering the Bible, and the Gospel.  This is what this church in Sardis is called to live. 

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Thyatira: The Church Judged (Rev. 2:18-29)

Publié le 7 août 2021 dans Traductions

Sermon preached by Aurelien Duperchy, apprentice pastor, on 1st Aug 2021

Let’s read Revelation chapter 2 verses 18 to 29. « And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and feet like burnished bronze, says this:

‘I know your deeds, and your love and faith, and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first. 20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her sexual immorality. 22 Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds. 23 And I will kill her children with plague, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the [p]minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds. 24 But I say to you, the rest who are in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not known the deep things of Satan, as they call them—I place no other burden on you. 25 Nevertheless what you have, hold firmly until I come. 26 The one who overcomes, and the one who keeps My deeds until the end, I will give him authority over the [q]nations; 27 and he shall [r]rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are shattered, as I also have received authority from My Father; 28 and I will give him the morning star. 29 The one who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ « 

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The Centrality of the Word (Tit. 1-2:1)

Publié le 7 août 2021 dans Traductions

Sermon preached by a guest speaker on 25th July 2021

Learning to speak the local language in Mayotte is not easy, especially when there is no school or application (duolingo or Babel), even when the standard writing is debated among linguists and when, like me, we have never learned a language other than his mother tongue. Moreover, being in quarantine does not help… But thanks to our immersion in the population, I see some progress and hope to one day be able to announce the message of the gospel in shimaore.

In the meantime, if I am not yet able, I believe that my attitude and that of my family, our life in short, reflects something of what we believe, of what is written in the Bible. Also, being in harmony with the Word is essential, for each of us, as a family but also as a church because this Word contains the plan of God for humanity. It is this reflection that led me to choose this text from Paul.

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Pergamum: A Church without Discipline (Rev. 2:12-17)

Publié le 7 août 2021 dans Traductions

Sermon preached by Pastor Vincent Bourrel on 18th July 2021

Introduction  

There are some commitments in life that require exclusions. During World War II you could not be a  resistance fighter and a collaborator. You can’t be married and single at the same time, you can’t be  here and there, have your cake and eat it too. You can’t have Jesus and Caesar as God. You can’t be a Christian and not live like one.  

To choose one way is necessarily to renounce the other. But we must recognize that there is sometimes an ambivalence in our hearts. We are sometimes tempted to want to reconcile the irreconcilable, and then we embark on a very complicated life. Imagine a resistant/collaborator, if he is unmasked by either side, he will be executed as a traitor. And the one who is married and lives as if he were single will end up divorced. If you want to be here and elsewhere then you are nowhere.

Likewise, it is not possible to be a Christian and not live as a Christian and to pretend to live as a Christian without really being one. That can lead you to hell. 

In the church of Pergamum there were people who taught that you could be a believer and worship the emperor and live in debauchery. Let’s read Revelation 2:12-17.  

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