This is the introductory message in the series, "Dear Church: Seven Letter". The series explores the seven letters to seven churches sent by Jesus through John to seven churches in Asia, found in Revelation 2–3. This sermon calls our attention to our magnificent Saviour, Jesus.
The Word for today is Love. This is God's deepest desire for your life:to experience loving communion and fellowship with Him. But sometimes, even followers of Jesus get caught up in anxieties, worldly pursuits, or even doing good things, at the neglect of this first love.
Today's word is STAND. The church in Smyrna was a church under oppression and opposition. Yet they stood strong in faithfulness. This sermon reminds us of our hope in Christ, and His call to stand together in the Word, in prayer, and in solidarity with those around the world who are suffering daily because of their faith in Christ.
Today's word is Steadfast. The Christians in Pergamum lived in a city controlled by evil powers. It was a city where Satan ruled. Yet, the church was faithfully enduring persecution without denying their faith. Yet, they were compromising the truth of God's Word and the holiness to which Christ calls all believers. This letter reminds us that we must be steadfast to God's Truth and to our Christ-like character.
The Word for today is Grace and Truth. The church in Thyatira had a lot going for it. Their work was fueled by love, and they were faithfully enduring in service. In fact, their work was making progress. Yet, they needed to hear the hard truth about the presence of evil within the church. They were tolerating a false teacher. This letter leads us to understand that grace and truth cannot be separated. We need both to remain obedient to a holy and righteous Christ.
The word for the day is renewal. This word was spoken to the church in Sardis, who had a reputation that did not agree with the character in their heart. This letter reminds us to examine our hearts to make sure that we are truly alive in Christ. Jesus offers hope and steps to renewal of the heart, so that we walk worthy of the Gospel.
The word for the day is opportunity. This letter to the church in Philadelphia is filled with encouragement. Though small in size and strength, Jesus was preparing this church with an open door of ministry that no one could shut. Perhaps Jesus is opening doors for you and your church. Will we make the most of His opportunity?
In this final sermon in the series, we discover once more the unprecedented and undaunted love of God is contrast to our human nature. The more prosperity we experience, the less dependent on God we tend to be. The church in Laodicea expressed a lukewarm love for Christ. In spite of this, Jesus offered them a way for their healing and fresh love for Him to be restored and renewed.