Easter Sermon Series: The Seven Churches of Revelation

Beginning this weekend (The Second Sunday of Easter) and for the next seven weekends through Pentecost, we will be going through the Seven Churches of Revelation (Revelation Chapters 1-2). 
I hope the clear message of these sermons that will be heard is that God loves the local church! The local church is the hope of the world! He sent His most precious Son, Jesus, to give His life for the Church and God’s own Spirit still moves in the Church today! He loves it when His people gather together in worship and service in His Kingdom. God created the local church to impact the world at the local level and He still strengthens us today for this mission. The churches with the greatest impact in the world today are local churches! Just think of all the hearts and lives that are being touched every day with the love of Christ here in our own community through the ministries of our church and school! God loves Immanuel Lutheran Church and School! And God loves you!
In Revelation, Jesus had a message for seven real churches of the 1st Century. They were messages of encouragement, of praise and of correction. No church is perfect. We all stand before God by His grace and mercy. During the coming weeks, we will be taking a look at Christ’s message to these churches and apply them to us today. 
If Jesus were to speak to Immanuel today, what would He say? Where would He praise us for being faithful? Where would He encourage us to continue standing firm on the truth of His Word? Where would He gently challenge us to change?
Come and join us for the sermon series on the Seven Churches of Revelation. I hope you will be encouraged and uplifted by these messages!

God Bless,
Pastor Joel

Sermon Series Outline: The Seven Churches of Revelation 2 & 3

1)    Ephesus: The Orthodox but Cold Church
Care about right doctrine
Have “forsaken their first love”

2)    Smyrna: The Persecuted Church
Poor and slandered,
Their suffering will only last for “ten days”

3)    Pergamum: The Heterodox Church
Faithful in adversity
Compromised on doctrine to fit in with the culture

4)    Thyatira: The Busy Church
Do many good deeds
Tolerant of false doctrine

5)    Sardis: The Dead Church
A reputation for being alive,
Most members are spiritually dead

6)    Philadelphia: The Faithful Church
God has no rebuke for them
Face criticism from the world and will suffer

7)    Laodicea: The Lukewarm Church
Neither “hot nor cold,” 
Wealthy, but spiritually complacent