Revelation 2:8-11 – Part 2
Five Specific things that Jesus says to the Church at Smyrna
1. “I know.”
2. “Do not be afraid.”
Four Specific types of Suffering:
They were suffering slander because of their _________________________.
People all over the world are thrown into ________________ just for their faith.
“What does 10 days mean?
Four specific sources of persecution:
1. The _____________________
2. the culture
3. the jealous
4. the evil one
The people who tell the news have more than those who ________________the news.
Smyrna was privileged to build a temple to the Emperor Tiberius. Theirs was a culture of Empire and Emperor __________________.
The jealous were a group of people who called themselves Jews, but were not. Jesus called them a synagogue of___________________.
4. Jesus tells us to, “Be __________________.”
The best way that I have found to be faithful is to focus on the _______________of God.
5. Jesus tells the Church in Smyrna, “I will give you the ____________________.”
Key: I tell you, Slander, faith in Jesus Christ, prison, 10 days, powerful, make, worship, satan, faithful, faithfulness, crown of life
Jesus message to Pergamum, the __________________ church.
Their confusion and doubt came from the ___________________ that they were involved in.
Three things Jesus gives to clear up the confusion and doubt
1. ________________________ of God’s Word.
2. Recognize the _________________________________.
Past _______________________ cannot protect you from the power of a lie.
Jesus talks about three specific kinds of lies
Satan’s throne, represents the ____________________ lie
A popular lie is often the all-inclusive lie. The “______________is right” lie.
By making everything right, you make _____________________wrong.
The Balaamites, represents the ____________________ lie
Balaam taught the Old Testament king how to deceive God’s people into ___________________________.
The Nicolaitans, represents the __________________ lie
Watch out for the _____________________ that you follow.
All “good lies” have a twist of __________________ in them, just enough to make you doubt God.
The reason to be careful watching out for the danger of the lie (and actually rejecting some people) is because I recognize my own weakness. It is not being _____________________ of them.
3. I have to rejoice in my ______________________ with Christ.
Jesus gives two pictures of real joy
How Jesus meets our daily needs
“the white _____________”
The promise of Heaven, intimacy, ______________ , and a deeper relationship with Christ
Key: confused, relationships, Respect the authority, danger of a lie, actions of the faith, popular, everybody, THE truth, pleasure, living the world’s ways, personality, leader, truth, relationship, judgmental, manna, stone, individuality
The Church at Thyatira, what Jesus says to a ______________________ Church.
Jesus is talking to the church at Thyatira about ___________________ and what is the price that I am paying for success?
Jesus has three messages to the church about success
1. The ______________________________do not guarantee the presence of success
It is not wrong to be successful, to do things for God, to make a difference in this world. It is wrong to be successful just for ________________________ sake.
Do I look just for the external signs? Or, am I looking for the eternal and internal presence of God’s will and ____________________in my life?
2. Success can carry too great a ________________.
The people of Thyatira had forgotten this truth, so they tolerated somebody that Jesus calls here, “Jezebel.” Somebody who taught___________________.
To work successfully in this city you had to participate in the trade guild. To participate meant eating in the guild celebrations held in the__________________. Celebrations that were often followed expressions of loose immorality.
In our grasping for success, we are all sometimes tempted to pay a price which leaves us with ultimate ____________________.
3. Hold fast to what you _________________________ .
How do you hold on to what you have? (verse 19)
Five principles for holding on to God’s successes in my life
1. “Your deeds”-- hold on to the _______________that God wants me to do.
2. “Your love”-- Success requires _______________________with others.
3. “Your faith”--Success demands ________________________ upon God.
4. “Your service”-- True success is not found in ________________ , but in giving yourself to others.
5. “Your perseverance”--Success, God’s kind of success—it takes___________.
Key: tolerant, success, signs of success, popularity’s, direction, price, immorality, idol’s temples, failure, have, works, right relationships, dependence, getting, time