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1 Faithful Unto Death Revelation 2:8-11

2 Popular Phrase Mentioned as necessary to salvation Feel intimidated?
Believe it to be impossible?

3 The 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)

4 Nature of The Persecution
Source was religious Oppressors were Jews (v. 9) Thought they were saved (Galatians 3:27-29; 5:16) Belonged to Satan (John 9:44)

5 Nature of The Persecution
Character was severe Tribulation, poverty, blasphemy, reviling, and imprisonment Corrupt religion has no sympathy for others (vv. 9, 10) Will persecute but not debate (2 Corinthians 11:24, 25)

6 Nature of The Persecution
Duration was short “Ten days” (v. 10) God will intervene to spare them at some point Worth it all (2 Corinthians 4:17, 18)

7 Nature of The Persecution
Result was refinement Allows 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)

8 Four Things We Need Courage “Fear none of these things” (v. 10)
God supplies courage (Acts 20:22-24)

9 Four Things We Need Faithfulness Under pressure to give up (v. 10)
Remember Jesus (1 Timothy 6:13)

10 Four 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.

11 Four 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

12 Conclusion Have you been born again? Will you live for Jesus

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