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Wayne Shelton

Philadelphia: An Open Door

Jesus calls this small, seemingly insignificant body of believers to go through a great open door into a life of substantive impact. In this sermon on Revelation 3:7-13 we discover the thrill of opportunity the Lord places before us.

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Church at Philadelphia

Philadelphia, situated thirty-five miles southeast of Sardis, was located at the eastern end of a broad valley near the river Cogamis. The city was at the juncture of trade routes leading to Mysia, Lydia, and Phrygia, earning Philadelphia the title, ‘gateway to the East’. Her economic prowess was based on agriculture and industry. Strabo, the […]

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Sardis: In Name Only

In this sermon on the church at Sardis from Revelation 3:1-6, we learn they have a reputation of being alive – a place where things are happening. But they have gone to sleep, and they need to wake up. Unless action is taken quickly they will wither on the vine.

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Church at Sardis

The residents of Sardis knew very well what had happened to their city six hundred years before the Christian gospel reached them. The city had been thought, for a long time, completely impregnable. It was secure, sitting on top of its steep hill. Attackers might come and go, but the citizens were quite content to […]

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Thyatira: Necessity for Holiness

It is God’s purpose to make us holy, Satan is resolved to frustrate it. And if the devil cannot destroy the church by persecution or heresy, he will try to corrupt it with evil. In this sermon we look at Revelation 2:18-29 and discover the way of holiness.

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Church at Thyatira

In his commentary on the book of Revelation, James Hamilton quotes an account told by Joseph Ellis in Founding Brothers. He writes: “In 1780 Maj. John André was captured while attempting to serve as a British spy in league with Benedict Arnold to produce a major strategic debacle on the Hudson River at West Point. […]

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Church at Pergamum

The seven messages from Jesus to the churches of Revelation seem to be organized in the form of a chiasm. The term chiasm refers to the Greek letter chi, which is shaped like an ‘X’. If you’re not familiar with the term, think of a picture frame. A picture frame has an outer wooden piece, […]

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Smyrna: Faithful unto Death

Polycarp was in his twenties when this letter (the book of Revelation) came to the church of Smyrna, and he died when he was eighty-six. On February 22, AD 156, this venerable bishop, who had fled Smyrna at the urging of his local church, was tracked down in a hiding place twenty miles from Smyrna. […]

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Going on Mission with Richy

Greetings and grace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. We give thanks to God for your faithfulness to Redeemer and her ministry. And it brings me great joy to share with you an opportunity we have to partner with one of our own and a need far away from us. As you may […]

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