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The Seven Churches by Pastor Melissa Scott

And the Churches I have to do this. I’m sorry! Come on up again. He’s getting his exercise for the day. Okay! He said “Thank you.” All right, take a look here. Some of your Bibles may have a map, but take a look briefly. These, this map shows you, if you can see that I can’t even see it. The Seven Churches, and what we have here, a lot of times if you haven’t taken the time to see the Seven Churches they are so close in proximity. You have Ephesus and then Smyrna, which is maybe at best 30 miles to the north; and then Pergamon which is maybe about 45 miles; and Thyatira 20; and then Sardis 15; Philadelphia maybe 15, 20 at best; and Laodicea maybe 30 miles, in such close proximity that when we are going to look at these Churches you can have no other conclusion than we are looking at the universal Church. Because if you follow my finger, you’ve got the region of Galatia here; we know the Church established there.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that we’ve got plenty of other Churches that are in the surrounding area; it just seems like these are very concentrated. Sometimes that’s good; sometimes when we talk about the Seven Churches if you don’t have a map in your Bible, the tendency is to think they’re spread out all over the place. No! They’re very, in very close proximity. So, that’s very important for where we’re going to go.

Now remember, keep in mind as we go, John is scribing. A lot of people say “John wrote” and “John said” he’s scribing; he’s a scribe. Right now in these messages, in the second chapter, Jesus is speaking. I wrote it on the board. We’re going to talk about this: To aggelo tes en Epheso ekklesias grafon. “To angel” “To the angel in Ephesus church write.” Imperative: ‘write.’ “John, write!” not ‘John wrote.’ Jesus: “John, write!”

I’m going to read this quickly because after that we’re going to pull a little bit of it apart. “Unto the angel of the church at Ephesus, of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks.” He says “I know thy works, I know thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, for my name’s sake and hast labored, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless, I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, repent, do the first works; or else I will come quickly, I will come unto thee quickly, and remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”

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