Many in the church in Pergamum were faithful in spite of persecution. However, Jesus calls them out because there are some who are being led astray by false teachings. These particular false teachings were teaching people that they could basically live their lives however they wanted (including sexual sin) and be fine. Jesus instructs them to repent. How we live our lives matters to God.
This Week's Action Step:
Spend some time this week evaluating every area of your life. Where do you have a hard time allowing Jesus to be Lord?
Small Group Questions:
“Dear Church” (Part 4) - The church in Pergamum
Text: Revelation 2:12-17 & Acts 6:1-7
1. Twice in verse 13 Jesus says that the place they live (Pergamum) is a place where “Satan’s throne is,” or “Satan Dwells.” What does he mean by this? Are there certain places/locations where Satan’s opposition is more prevalent or stronger? Have you ever been to or seen such a place?
2. In verses 14-15 it is clear that some in the church are being led astray by false teachings. How are people in our day also “lead astray?” What are some practical things we can do to avoid being led astray?
3. The two heresies mentioned in Rev. 2:14-15 basically taught the same thing… that you can believe in God/Jesus but continue to follow and practice all of the sensual desires of your heart. In other words, how you live your life doesn’t really matter just as long as you believe in God/Jesus. What’s the problem with this way of thinking? If salvation is by grace alone (as we believe it is) and not based on works, then why can’t we just live however we want?
4. Part of the reason some of the believers in Pergamum were so easily led astray is because the culture of the city made them feel like it was normal. Obviously, our culture today makes a lot of sin seem normal as well. The question is… is our identity found in Christ or in culture? How can we check, or gage this?
5. In Acts 6:1 the text refers to all the believers as “disciples.” What does/should this teach us about what it really means to be a Christian?
6. In Rev. 2:17 Jesus declares that those who overcome/conquer will receive some rewards. Specifically he mentions “hidden manna,” “a white stone,” and “a new name.” What do these rewards refer to and what do they mean for us?
Songs from Today
Faithful To The End by Brian Johnson, Hannah McClure, Joel Taylor, and Paul McClure
Reckless Love by Caleb Culver, Cory Asbury, and Ran Jackson
Good Good Father
Do It Again by Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Matt Redman, and Steven Furtick
Build My Life by Brett Younker, Karl Martin, Kirby Kable, Matt Redman, and Pat Barrett