In the Bible in the book of Acts, early church members gathered together amid threats of persecution and prayed to the Lord for the strength and perseverance to continue in Christ and spread His word. God answered their prayer: “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly” (Acts 4:31). God rocked the house and the gospel spread throughout the region.
But in a relatively short time, the Lord had to address many issues within several area churches. The seven letters to the churches in the Book of Revelation were custom designed to specific congregations at that time. There are however, principles from each one we can appreciate and apply to our lives today. Jesus loves us enough to reprove and discipline us when necessary, and to warn us when we are becoming self-sufficient or have given in to subtle compromise.
TODAY’S GUEST: Leigh Young is an author, women’s conference speaker, Bible teacher, child advocate, and entrepreneur. Leigh has written and taught children’s Bible classes, Confirmation classes, and adult Bible series. She incorporates exegetical Bible teaching, active learning, worship, and fellowship.
Her first book, Lessons from the Letters: Living the Abundant Life, is about Christian transformation. Jesus wrote letters to seven early churches, and in her book Leigh combines historical and cultural facts with contemporary anecdotal stories in an effort to connect timeless wisdom to modern life.
Lessons from the Letters explores these letters to the church from Jesus, and are tucked away in the opening chapters of the book of Revelation, the only book in the Bible promising a blessing to those who read it! Although written two thousand years ago, these stern words of counsel are as relevant today as they were to those churches centuries ago.
Is there more to life than just going through the daily motions and routines?
Do you want a life that is deeper, more fulfilling, more meaningful?
What if you found writings that reveal the way to your most abundant life?
These texts exist. They are contained in Scripture, given by Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and dictated to the apostle John. These letters, found in the second and third chapters of the book of Revelation, are addressed to believers in the area called Asia Minor in New Testament times. Today, we call this land Turkey. You might be surprised by how applicable Revelation 2 and 3 are to us as well, particularly in the American church!
Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’” Revelation 3:19-22
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16