Jesus Speaks: Holding Fast in a World of Compromise
:"Hold fast." This is the word of the risen Christ, the one who has eyes like flames of fire, who holds seven stars in his right hand and who searches the minds and hearts of all humans. In Revelation...
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:"Hold fast."This is the word of the risen Christ, the one who has eyes like flames of fire, who holds seven stars in his right hand and who searches the minds and hearts of all humans. In Revelation 2-3 his word comes to us like a two-edged sword, both encouraging and judging. Jesus calls us to hold fast in the face of temptations of all sorts, but sternly warns those who follow false teachings. Though Jesus is speaking to seven ancient churches of Asia Minor, his words ring true today, calling us to
not fearing tribulation
repenting of a dead faith
keeping God's Word
receiving the crown of life
the blessings of conquerors
Jesus Speaks combines short devotional chapters with a seven-session small group guide, which forms a church-wide series when coupled with the companion seven-session DVD. Jesus offers us his guidance through both the pitfalls and paths toward holiness. Are you ready to listen?
Mike Baker is senior pastor at Eastview Christian Church, Normal, Illinois. A graduate of Johnson University, he is the author of How Teens Do Church, Counsel Fit For a King, and Freedom in Christ. Mike lovers preaching, writing, running, sports, and hanging with friends. He and his wife, Sara, have two grown sons, Michael and Caleb.
Jim Probst is pastor of small groups at Eastview Christian Church in Normal, Illinois. In ministry for over two decades, he has served with Eastview since 2008 where he leads a dynamic small group ministry of approximately 4,000 adults in 370 groups. He is the coauthor of Ridiculous: Living Like Christ in a Lovestarved World and Open: The Life of a Dangerous Witness. He and his wife Julie have three children.
- :introduction1. Ephesus: <em>love First</em> (revelation 2:1-7)week One Devotional Readings2. Smyrna: <em>no Fear</em> (revelation 2:8-11)week Two Devotional Readings3. Pergamum: <em>live Holy</em> (revelation 2:12-17)week Three Devotional Readings4. Thyatira: <em>no Compromise</em> (revelation 2:18-29)week Four Devotional Readings5. Sardis: <em>wake Up</em> (revelation 3:1-6)week Five Devotional Readings6. Philadelphia: <em>hold Fast</em> (revelation 3:7-13)week Six Devotional Readings7. Laodicea: <em>be Zealous</em> (revelation 3:14-22)week Seven Devotional Readings
- Discussion Guideacknowledgmentsappendix 1: Teaching-preaching Filterappendix 2: Jesus Speaks Gridappendix 3: The Eighth Church Of Revelationnotes