Jesus gives John messages to each of the seven Asia churches. When Jesus has a message—everyone should listen whether it’s addressed to you personally or not!
Chapters 2 and 3 in Revelation are the letters to the seven churches. If you haven’t read those chapters, it would be a good idea to do that now. Here’s a chart that shows each message to each specific church.
Go through the list of commendations and criticisms as honestly as you can. What are your commendations? What criticisms apply to you? And don’t forget to spend some time in the promises–those belong to you as well!
|Ephesus||Rejects evil; Perseveres; Has patience||Love for Christ no longer fervent||Do the works you did at first||The Tree of Life|
|Smyrna||Gracefully bears suffering||Be faithful until death||The crown of life|
|Pergamos||Keeps the faith of Christ||Tolerates immorality, idolatry, heresies||Repent||Hidden manna and a stone w/ new name|
|Thyatira||Love, service, patience are greater than at first||Tolerates idolatry and immorality||Judgment coming; keep the faith||Rule over nations; receive morning star|
|Sardis||Some have kept the faith||A dead church||Repent; strengthens what remains||Faith honored; clothed in white|
|Philadelphia||Perseveres in faith, keeps the Word of God, honors God||Keep the faith.||A place in God’s presence; a new name|
|Laodicea||Indifferent||Be zealous; repent.||Share Christ’s throne|