Series: The Seven Churches of Revelation
Smyrna - Diamonds Are Forever
February 16, 2020 | Perry Kallis
Passage: Revelation 2:8-11
Truth is not always easy to accept, but it is always easy to apply. For believers, Biblical truth includes the fact that when my faith is under pressure, it has the opportunity to grow. If you asked an orange or a piece of coal how much they enjoy extreme pressure, they would both likely complain, and yet, without their sacrifice under pressure, there would be no orange juice for breakfast or diamond jewelry.
Likewise, Christians are promised lives of trial and pressure, but the rewards of persevering through them are literally eternal. The upcoming message to the church at Smyrna will inspire us to find value in pressure.
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CBS has had a reality TV show for the past 10 years entitled Undercover Boss. Each episode depicts a boss going undercover into the core of his business life to discover the reality of how his company is really doing. The last book of the Bible, Revelation, begins with a similar scenario about Jesus walking among seven specific churches in Asia Minor. But this is not past history, it is an entertaining show...it is the real reality for each and every church. Jesus IS regularly in the midst of each church and knows us deeply. This series will helps us re-discover the foundational truth of what it means “when Jesus shows up at church...”.