2Popular Phrase Mentioned as necessary to salvation Feel intimidated? Believe it to be impossible?
3The Church in Smyrna Last choice for many Ephesus left its first love (2:4)Pergamos tolerated error (2:14)Thyatira tolerated immorality (2:20)Sardis existed in name only (3:1, 2)Laodicea was lukewarm (3:15, 16)
4Nature of The Persecution Source was religiousOppressors were Jews (v. 9)Thought they were saved (Galatians 3:27-29; 5:16)Belonged to Satan (John 9:44)
5Nature of The Persecution Character was severeTribulation, poverty, blasphemy, reviling, and imprisonmentCorrupt religion has no sympathy for others (vv. 9, 10)Will persecute but not debate (2 Corinthians 11:24, 25)
6Nature of The Persecution Duration was short“Ten days” (v. 10)God will intervene to spare them at some pointWorth it all (2 Corinthians 4:17, 18)
7Nature of The Persecution Result was refinementAllows persecution (Job 1:9-12)Refining process (v. 10; Hebrews 5:7, 8)Jesus is not just “interesting”Forces us off the fence (Matthew 12:30)
8Four Things We Need Courage “Fear none of these things” (v. 10) God supplies courage (Acts 20:22-24)
9Four Things We Need Faithfulness Under pressure to give up (v. 10) Remember Jesus (1 Timothy 6:13)
10Four Things We Need Perseverance Not “until” we die (v. 10) Will we ever sin as a Christian?Seek forgiveness (James 5:16; 1 John 1:7-9)Those who will not live for Jesus, would not die for Him.
11Four Things We Need View of eternity Crown of life awaits (v. 10) God’s promises are sure (v. 8; James 1:12)Avoid the second death. (v. 11; 21:8)Born once, die twice; born twice, die once
12ConclusionHave you been born again?Will you live for Jesus