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How Will People Talk About Us?

In this lesson, we considered the question of how will people talk about our local congregation by considering a few letters written to churches in the first century. 

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Equipping the Saints – Getting to Know the Enemy

In this lesson, John presented the third lesson in our month-long study of Equipping the Saints. In this lesson, John talked about knowing the enemy, the devil. 

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Equipping the Saints – Putting on the New Man

In this lesson, Shelton presented the second lesson in our Equipping the Saints month-long series. This lesson focuses on putting off the old man and putting on the new man. 

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Equipping the Saints – Growth in God’s Word – Continued

In this lesson, we began a month-long series on equipping the saints. In this first lesson, we talked about the importance of growing in God’s word. This was the second part of this lesson. 

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Equipping the Saints – Growth in God’s Word

In this lesson, we began a month-long series on equipping the saints. In this first lesson, we talked about the importance of growing in God’s word. This was the first part of this lesson. 

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Three Types of Churches

In this lesson, Rickie talked about three different types of churches seen in Revelation 2 and 3. 

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A Congregation’s Future

The responsibilities of the local eldership are much more than making the occasional decisions for the congregation. While it is true the current eldership has made several physical improvements to the meeting place, as well as making the decision to support additional gospel preachers, there are more important tasks to which the elders also give their time and mental energies. 

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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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