Intro / Review:
"To [church], from Christ (using descriptive phrases from Chapter 1): I know what's going on there. Here is what you are doing well, here is where you need to repent, I am Coming Soon, do this. Heed the Word of the Lord and receive this promise from the Lord!"
The Progress Report:
- The Commendation and Command (Rev 2:9-10)
- God is allowing this for a Reason
- God is in control of every Detail
- It's going to be Worth It
- The Criticism
- The Correction
- The Call (2:11)
3 Statements to Remind Yourself When You Are Suffering:
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Small Group Discussion
Read Revelation 2:8-11
1 - What do you personally believe about faith and money (2:9)? Does “victory in Jesus” mean being rich? How can wrong teaching about money and faith bring harm to the church?
2 - Tell of a time you have been comforted knowing that “Jesus knows” what you are going through.
3 - How would you answer someone who asks you: “How do you trust God when a trial doesn’t seem to be ending?”
Pray for the future of HBC, to stand strong when persecution comes.