Eastern Hills Baptist Church
Seven Words to the Church Today 2: The Persecuted Church
A seven message series from Revelation 2-3
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  • Eastern Hills Baptist Church
    3100 Morris St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
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    Sunday 10:30 AM
Welcome to Eastern Hills Baptist Church
We are so glad that you decided to join us in worship today. Here at Eastern Hills we realize that we are all in different places on our journey with Christ, and that's okay. Whether you are a seeker, looking for answers, or a long-time follower of Christ, you are welcome here.

1: Christ (8)

2: Commendation (9)

3: Challenge (10-11)

A: Don't be afraid

B: Look

C: Be faithful

A word about the future of the church, specifically in America, is in order. Those of us in the West must be prepared for the jarring truth that, just as in Revelation 2:9 and Smyrna in the first century, those who oppose and reject Christianity are going to oppose and persecute us. Not only will they say we are wrong; they will say we are bigoted, dangerous, and evil. We will be slandered as anti-choice, anti-diversity, anti-gay, anti-inclusion, anti-tolerance. We can anticipate economic boycotts, governmental restrictions, and social ostracism. Eventually more severe persecution and even imprisonment will likely be our experience. Of course this is already true for followers of Christ around the world, and it is coming to America.

What should be our response? Exactly what we see here in Revelation 2: Do not be afraid; expect it. Receive it from the hands of a sovereign God who is testing, pruning, and refining your faith. Remember James again: “Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance” (Jas 1:2–3).
‌—Daniel Akin, Exalting Jesus In Revelation
Questions for further discussion this week:

— When have you had to give someone bad news? What it difficult? Why or why not?
— Why do you think it was important for Jesus to give the church in Smyrna the bad news that He did?
— How does what Jesus says to the church at Smyrna change their bad news into good news?

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