This is the fourth sermon in the series “Revelation: A Vision of Christ,” preached on July 21, 2019.

Read the letter to the church in Smyrna in Revelation 2:8-11. The children’s sermon referenced in the sermon was on Daniel 3.

Q. What are some of the pressures you feel to downplay your Christian faith or witness? Where or when are those pressures strongest?

Q. How does knowing the historical context for the Scripture passage help you in your reading of Scripture? How are things today similar or different?

Q. How has Jesus proven himself “Faithful” in your life? How have you experienced his presence with you in difficult times?

May God give us courage to live in this hostile world as neighbors, faithful until the end, and fearless in love. Amen.

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