Write in a book what you see, and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea. –Jesus to John, Revelation 1:11
Last week on the program, pastor John MacArthur joined us to discuss “Christ’s Call to Reform the Church” (also the title of his new book) based on the messages or letters Christ gave to seven churches in Asia Minor late in the first century.
MacArthur talked about these churches being illustrative of churches throughout history. Two of the seven were remaining faithful but the other five were in various degrees of decline and compromise.
MacArthur said, “These messages should be A1 on the list of any pastor who wants to know what his church should be and what his church should avoid…These are the words of the Lord to His church.”
With the degree of significance in mind, this weekend on The Christian Worldview, we’re going to examine what Christ’s message was to each church and what the church today—and individual Christians—should be learning and applying.
Short Take #1: What is relevance of seven Revelation churches to today?
Short Take #2: Lesson from the loveless church in Ephesus.
Short Take #3: Why Christ’s message to each church ends with “to him who overcomes…”?
Short Take #4: What Christ doesn’t commend in any of these churches.
Short Take #5: What is besetting flaw of Evangelical church?