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Revelation – The letter to the compromising church in Pergamum

For the church in Pergamum, being where Satan lives and has his throne means there will be plenty of false teachers and false prophets.  The question remains for this study though – were Jesus’ words a reminder, a warning or a wake-up call?

The same is true for us.  In a way, these words are for all of us.  Remember what Jesus said about Satan and this world.  The entire passage is important for us to remember and to live out.  It’s full of important things for us – the Holy Spirit, living as Jesus taught us, not being afraid, having peace.  And for this topic, especially verses 30 and 31 at the end, regarding the prince of this world – Satan.

Revelation – The letter to the compromising church in Pergamum

New search options for finding articles

Two new search options are available for finding articles based on either a specific passage or verses from a specific book of the Bible.  The goal is to make it easier for you to find relevant articles based on a Book of the Bible or even a specific passage you may be interested in.

Search for articles with verses from a selected Book of the Bible – a drop-down box lists all the book of the Bible, in alphabetical order.

Search for articles with selected NIV passage subtitle – a drop-down list has all the passages currently indexed from the site.  They’re in alpha order, so you can just start typing the NIV passage / section title.  As you type, it will narrow down the passages.

Which god provides salvation for us?

Which god provides salvation for us?  Different people have different “gods” or deities.  Even those who claim to have no “god” have one – maybe they view themselves as “the deity” of their own world.  From there, we should recognize that outside of people who believe this life is “all there is” – we want something from our deity.  One of those things we want from our “god” is “salvation” – we want that “god” to save us from something.

life buoy to illustrate Which god provides salvation for us?

Grown-again Christian

Have you ever heard of a Grown-again Christian?  Me neither. But the Apostle Paul did. “But for right now, friends, I’m completely frustrated by your unspiritual dealings with each other and with God. You’re acting like infants in relation to Christ, capable of nothing much more than nursing at the breast.” The Message

Grown-again Christian

The Screwtape Letters Study Guide

I was going through some of the study guides on the net for this book. We tried to use them in a small group at church. We found that they were maybe too structured – didn’t leave enough room to really consider life – our lives – the things actually happening – and how to relate them to both the Bible and to the things that encounter every day.

That’s the goal here – to provide a more open set of questions. This is the way our group ended up going – with more open ended questions to think about and discuss.  For those times when it’s difficult to get a discussion started for any given question, I’ve also included some possible “answers” to get things going.

The Screwtape Letters Study Guide

But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you

“But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you.”

This is something most Christians would have read.  Hopefully, we also remember.  But, do we really believe it?  Maybe we believe it, as long as it’s for someone else and not for us.  You know -NIMBY – not in my back yard.  Or even in my neighborhood.

The thing is, Jesus said this would happen.  As Christians, how are we supposed to respond when Christians are persecuted?  Let’s start by getting some context for the opening line.

persecute - prison cell - specifically, persecution of Christians
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