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Apocalypse Now: The Lion Roars

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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The Church at Ephesus

Wouldn’t it be amazing if Jesus Himself would write a personal letter to you and your church evaluating your spiritual progress, telling you, in his great love, both your strengths and weaknesses, and then call you to some specific action? Wouldn’t you be fascinated to hear such a letter read to your church? Well, that […]

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The Christ Among the Lampstands

There’s never been a more dangerous time for the church. It’s swimming against the moral tide of culture, and is, frankly, struggling to keep its head above water. From the outside it faces growing oppression from tyrannical rulers and the reality of increasing persecution at the hands of an anti-Christian majority. From within, some church […]

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The Christ of the Lampstands

It is – ultimately – a vision, a concept of Christ himself that gives power to New Testament Christianity. In this sermon on Revelation 1:9-20, we consider the vision of the glorious Christ disclosed empowering the church.

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The Christ of the Lampstands

It was Sunday. The young Ugandan school teacher was in a rebellious mood. He had stamped out of church earlier that day, enraged by the Christian message he had heard. The rest of the Sunday he had spent drinking. Just then a friend rode up on a bicycle and spoke to him. “When I was […]

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A Concise Overview of the Book of Revelation

Letters to Churches (1-3). Jesus is the glorious Son of Man, who is present by his Spirit in his churches (1:9-20). He knows their situation and their deeds as they are attacked by religious deception, persecution, and the seduction of pleasure, affluence, comfort, and conformity (2-3). Seals (4:1-8:1). Jesus is the victorious Lion because he […]

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