Apparently, in Thyatira, there was a woman who was actively living in sin and leading others to follow her into sin. Jesus sharply criticizes the church for tolerating this woman. Basically, the church was .turning a blind eye and ignoring what she was doing. This brings up two very important topics for the church... 1. tolerance and 2. discipline. How tolerant should we be and what does discipline look like for those living in unrepentant sin?
This Week's Action Step:
Identify someone in your life who loves you enough to always tell you the truth. Take them to coffee or lunch this week and thank them for their friendship.
Small Group Questions:
Dear Church (part V) - Thyatira
Revelation 2:18-29 & Matthew 18:15-20
1. In Rev. 2:20 Jesus calls out the church in Thyatira for “tolerating” the woman Jezabel. What does “tolerance” mean? Do you consider yourself a tolerant person? Why or why not?
2. Should Christians be tolerant people? How tolerant… should there be limits to our tolerance? Should our tolerance of non-Christians be different than our tolerance of believers in the church?
3. In Matthew 18:15-17 Jesus lays out a pattern for how church discipline should be practiced toward those who are living in sin. Have you ever followed this pattern in order to help correct someone who was in sin? Has someone else ever followed this pattern in order to help correct you? How did it go?
4. Why do you think it’s important that discipline/correction happen in the context of community… among friends who love and care about us? What are the dangers of it not happening in that context?
5. In Matt. 18:17 Jesus says that if someone refuses to listen to the church, “let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.” What does he mean by that?
Songs from Today
At Your Name by Tim Hughes and Phil Wickham
Death Arrested by Adam Kersh, Brandon Coker, Heath Balltzglier, and Paul Taylor
Great Are You Lord by Steve Cook and Vikki Cook
Do It Again by Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Matt Redman, and Steven Furtick
Cornerstone by William Batchelder Bradbury, Eric Liljero, Reuben Morgan, Edward Mote, and Jonas Myrin