Lesson Scriptures: Revelation 2:12-17
Key Lesson Theme: “Uncompromising with Truth”
Today's Lesson: Friday, June 18
12 “Write to the angel of the church in Pergamum: Thus says the one who has the sharp, double-edged sword:
13 I know where you live—where Satan’s throne is. Yet you are holding on to my name and did not deny your faith in me, even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness who was put to death among you, where Satan lives.
14 But I have a few things against you. You have some there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to place a stumbling block in front of the Israelites: to eat meat sacrificed to idols and to commit sexual immorality.
15 In the same way, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.
16 So repent! Otherwise, I will come to you quickly and fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
17 Let anyone who has ears to hear listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name is inscribed that no one knows except the one who receives it.”
Live It Out
We live in a pluralistic society especially as it relates to religion. The religions that in earlier periods of history we may have assigned to one particular country or region of the world have become part of the religious fabric of the United States. The promise of economic prosperity and liberty has made the United States an attractive destination for people from around the world. When they come, they bring their religious beliefs and practices with them. Even though the nation was built on the principle of religious freedom, this has become a sticky point for some Americans and a challenging political issue. For Christians, on the other hand, it can be seen as an opportunity to carry out the global dimensions of the Great Commission without ever leaving the country
However, one legitimate concern for Christians is the effect the familiarity and popularity of other religious teachings has on the biblical doctrine of the Christian church. Some tenets of other religions sound attractive, even to Christians. Thus, our religious culture has become more syncretic, meaning people begin to harmonize different forms of belief and practice without critical examination or even logical unity. Such beliefs can make inroads into the church, if not as formal teaching, at least through the personal belief system of members who have been influenced by spokespersons in popular culture. Hence, the church is faced with the challenge of teaching biblical doctrine and countering popular beliefs. The failure to do so can be devastating to the effectiveness of a church in sharing the gospel and being a church of the Lord Jesus Christ. When it comes to biblical truth about Christ, there is no room for compromise.
How confident are you that you can articulate biblical truth about the gospel of Jesus Christ?
What does your church do to teach biblical doctrine and equip members to confront messages that are counter to the gospel?
Until next week Saints…..
Every day is Sunday