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Week 50 Day 3 – What’s in Your Letter?

Revelation 2-3

Fill in the charts:

To the church in ____________

What you do well:

What I hold against you:

Promise to him who overcomes:

To the church in ____________

What you do well:

What I hold against you:

Promise to him who overcomes:

To the church in ____________

What you do well:

What I hold against you:

Promise to him who overcomes:

To the church in ____________

What you do well:

What I hold against you:

Promise to him who overcomes:

To the church in ____________

What you do well:

What I hold against you:

Promise to him who overcomes:

To the church in ____________

What you do well:

What I hold against you:

Promise to him who overcomes:

To the church in ____________

What you do well:

What I hold against you:

Promise to him who overcomes:

Food for thought:

Now do this exercise two more times. First, fill in your church’s name in the blank. What would Jesus say to your church if he wrote you a letter? What do you do well. What would he hold against you? In what ways could you try to rectify the deficiency found in your church?

To the church in ____________

What you do well:

What I hold against you:

Promise to him who overcomes:

Second, fill your own name in the blank. What would Jesus say if He wrote a letter to you? What are you doing well? What would He hold against you? How might you rectify this?

To the church in ____________

What you do well:

What I hold against you:

Promise to him who overcomes:

Now, to the overcomer… That is really the point of these letters. John wrote these letters (as Jesus’ scribe) to encourage a group of people who were being severely persecuted. To be a follower of Jesus is to be engaged in a spiritual battle. Paul told us that we do not fight against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces of evil. We are called to put on the armor of God. We are called to overcome the patterns of this world and walk in the Kingdom of God. To him who overcomes will be given eternal life. Remember a core truth of the New Testament: Jesus has already overcome. This is not a call to muster up your own strength and storm the gates of Heaven with your own righteousness. This is a call to die to yourself and cling to the grace and authority of Jesus, drawing upon His strength to stand firm, even in the face of extreme persecution. Through Him who has overcome, will we be able to overcome. Jesus has given us eternal life, let’s live in its power today and always!

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