When Jesus speaks to his church, he calls them “champions.” He calls them “victors.” He calls them “overcomers.”
Hear the repetition of this “overcomer” language when addressing the Seven Letters to the Seven Churches.
> Ephesus - Revelation 2:7
> Smyrna - Revelation 2:11
> Pergamum - Revelation 2:17
> Thyatira - Revelation 2:26–28
> Sardis - Revelation 3:4–5
> Philadelphia - Revelation 3:11–12
> Laodicea - Revelation 3:21
> Revelation 21:5–7
“I believe that John’s writing should be viewed as a Christian prophetic-apocalyptic-circular letter. Revelation should be viewed as a ‘circular letter.’ In fact, the seven churches form a large circular pattern, like a delivery circuit, when viewed on a map in the order presented in Revelation 2 and 3, starting from and returning to Ephesus.”
Revelation’s Rhapsody by Dr. Bob Lowery
Boiled down, the seven letters come down to two ideas for the church. There are some things we should keep (or start) doing, and some things we should stop (or avoid) doing.