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Smyrna: The Poor Church That Was Rich

We are told nothing about the beginning of the church in Smyrna; the book of Revelation contains the only mention of this church. Since Smyrna was about 35 miles north of Ephesus, it may have been established while Paul was in Ephesus (see Acts 19:10). Jesus brings no criticism against the church at Smyrna; He, instead, comforts them by assuring them that He was acquainted with their situation. 

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The Church That Fell Out Of Love

In Revelation 2:1-7 we have record of the letter Jesus dictated to the apostle John concerning the church of Ephesus. Jesus describes Himself as “He who…walks in the midst of…the seven churches” (2:1 with 1:20). This affirms His presence among local churches and the fact that He knows what’s going on in His churches. 

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God’s Approved Pattern for Submission

The church at Ephesus was established during Paul’s second evangelistic journey. While Paul spent little time at Ephesus on his second journey, we know the church was established because Aquila and Priscilla and other brethren were there when Apollos came to Ephesus (See Acts 18:18-28). During Paul’s third evangelistic journey, he kept his promise to return to Ephesus and labored with the church for about three years. 

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God’s Approved Plan of Waiting for Jesus’ Return

The church at Thessalonica was established during Paul’s second evangelistic journey when some of the Jews “and a great multitude of devout Greeks” were persuaded that Jesus is the Christ predicted by the Old Testament Scriptures (see Acts 17:1-4).

In Paul’s first letter “to the church of the Thessalonians” he reminded them how they “turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven…even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath

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Like Christ Our Model

In this lesson, brother Buxton discussed the importance of being like Christ as revealed by the Holy Spirit & how we can become more like Him. 

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The Organization of the Church

The importance of the God-designed organization for the church He has established can be illustrated by considering the organizational structure of man-made companies or civic groups. Due to the nature of the business of certain companies, they may find it most suitable to be organized with a national headquarters that oversee district offices that in turn control local offices. 

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“I Will Build My Church”

It is Jesus Christ who said:

“I will build My church” (Matthew 16:18)

The church Jesus said He would build had its beginning nearly two thousand years ago on the day of Pentecost, fifty days after Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Acts chapter two records that as people obeyed the commands to believe in Jesus, repent and be baptized that “the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:36-47). 

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What Is Your View of the Church?

We live in a time when many have a negative view of the church. People claim they follow Jesus, but they see no need to be a member of the church, or at least see little need to sacrifice their time and efforts in regular support of the church. This is often due to the fact that some have little understanding of the church you can read about in the Bible, and others have misconceived ideas about the church. 

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The Church is God’s Holy Temple

In Paul’s letter to the church of God at Corinth, he wrote:

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)

In this context, Paul was cautioning against building God’s temple with inferior materials (wood, hay, straw–vs.12-15), and he was issuing a warning to the Corinthians

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To Christ Our Goal

In this lesson, Ron talked about having a proper relationship with fellow Christians by having a right relationship with Jesus Christ. 

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