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Dear Church at Litchfield Park family,

Today, we turn our attention to Revelation 2:18-28 (NIV) and explore the message Jesus has for the church in Thyatira. Let's read together:

"To the angel of the church in Thyatira write:

These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.

Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching, she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. So, I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely unless they repent of her ways. I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.

Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan's so-called deep secrets, 'I will not impose any other burden on you, except to hold on to what you have until I come.'

To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations—that one 'will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery'—just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give that one the morning star. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches."

This message to the church in Thyatira carries important lessons and warnings for us as followers of Christ. Take a moment to reflect on this passage and consider its relevance to your life. Here are some questions to help you dive deeper into its meaning:

  1. The church in Thyatira was commended for their love, faith, service, and perseverance. Can you think of ways we can show love and faithfulness to others in our daily lives? How can we serve and persevere in our commitment to following Jesus?
  2. Jesus expresses concern about the influence of Jezebel and her false teachings within the church. What are some false teachings or influences we might encounter today that can lead us away from God's truth? How can we discern and avoid such teachings?
  3. Jesus warns of the consequences for those who tolerate and participate in sinful behaviors. Why do you think it's important for us to stand firm in our faith and resist compromising with wrongdoing? How can we support one another in making righteous choices?
  4. Pastor Lynne shared about works and referenced Ephesians 2:8-10 and James 2:14-26. How do we reconcile the teachings of Ephesians 2:8-10 and James 2:14-26 regarding the role of works in the life of a believer?
  5. Jesus promises authority over the nations and the morning star to those who are victorious and faithful. What do you think these rewards symbolize? How can we strive to be victorious in our walk with Christ and remain faithful until His return?
  6. How can we apply the lessons from the church in Thyatira to our own lives and our church community? What steps can we take to ensure we hold on to God's truth and live in accordance with His will?

As you contemplate these questions, may the Holy Spirit guide you in understanding and applying the teachings of Jesus. May you be encouraged to remain steadfast in your faith, reject false teachings, and pursue a life that honors God. May you also be motivated to support and uplift one another in the journey of faith. May God's love and grace surround you, and may His truth shine brightly through your words and actions.

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