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Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 3: THE LETTERS TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES 2:1–3:22 (Part 2)

Calvary Bible Church Bible Study

The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 3:  THE LETTERS TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES. 2:1–3:22. (Part 2)

 

The Letter To The Church At Sardis

vrs     1                  Sardis is about twenty-seven miles due south of Thyatira. It was one of the oldest and greatest cities of western Asia. In ancient times it was a proud, wealthy city, the capital of the kingdom of Lydia. It had a history of many wars, and it was the city of the wealthy Croesus. The patron deity of the city was Cybele, whose form appeared on their coins. She was represented as half-human and was regularly associated with a pair of lions or single lion. The deity was supposed to have power to restore the dead. The city fell before Cyrus the Great of Persia in the sixth century B.C. In 17 A.D. the city suffered greatly from an earthquake. When John wrote this letter, the city was a city of the past.  Later, it was restored and continued to flourish until 1400–1403 A.D., when the Tartar (Mongol) Tamerlane swept over the area and destroyed everything. The city has never recovered from this desolation. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of the Revelation – LESSON 2: THE LETTERS TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES 2:1–3:22 (Part 1)

Calvary Bible Church Bible Study

The Book of the Revelation

 

LESSON 2:  THE LETTERS TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES. 2:1–3:22. (Part 1)

There are seven churches chosen, because in Scripture seven is the number of completion. In these seven letters the Spirit gives a complete picture of the moral and spiritual history of the church (along with other truths), not only for that time, but for the church in general through the intervening years until the establishment of the Millennial Reign. The letters have seven exhortations to hear them, yet they are sadly neglected. The messages have spiritual, historical, and prophetic value. Since chapter 1 dealt with the things John saw—the risen Christ—and chapters 2–3 deal with the things that are, we can see that the outline given in 1:19 is truly being followed.  Each letter has four elements: (1) The manner in which Christ presents Himself; (2) the commendation (or condemnation) He gives; (3) the reward He promises; and (4) the exhortation to hear. The messages refer to distinct, historical churches in the province of Asia; they are timely. They also apply to types of believers in every age; they are timeless. Continue Reading Here

Sermon Audio: I Can Do No Other

Scripture Reference:  2 Timothy 4:1-5  and  1 John 1:1-7
2 Timothy 4:1-5

1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

1 John 1:1-7

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.