Looking back at your notes from this Sunday, talk about what stood out to you in the message. Was there something especially helpful, challenging, convicting, or hard to grasp?
Have you ever found yourself simply going through the spiritual motions? How did you break out of that routine?
On your own, read Numbers 22—25:3. How does the story of Balaam help us understand the message to the church of Pergamum better?
On your own, read 1 Kings 16:29—33 & 1 Kings 21. What do these two passages teach us about Jezebel?
Read 1 Corinthians 8:4-9. How does what Paul says here apply to Pergamum and Thyatira's compromises?
Read Revelation 3:1-6. What is the contrast between reputation and reality in Sardis? What kinds of things might characterize a Christian or a church with the reputation of being alive but actually dead? Why is this such a scary possibility?
Read Revelation 3:14-18. Self-deception is so easy! What is the contrast between how Jesus sees the church in Laodicea and how they see themselves?
Why is merely going through the motions of spiritual life or church life so easy to do? How have you seen this tendency creep into your life or your family's life?
What is one step you could take toward counteracting this?
Each week we take time to worship through the giving of God's tithe and our offerings.Thank you for your faithfulness! "We value generosity, and being good managers of all God has entrusted to us."