7 Letters: 2 – Smyrna (Church under pressure)

October 12, 2014



Dear Smyrna...


Last week we started a series looking at the short letters Jesus sent to the seven churches in Revelation 2-3. This week we’re visiting the “flower of Asia” – Smyrna, known today as Izmir in Turkey. Thriving, beautiful, with great facilities and fiercely loyal to Rome, but Smyrna wasn’t a fun place to be if you were a Christian in the first century. The church there was suffering severe persecution. What does Jesus have to say about it?

There are three videos from Open Doors in this sermon – they can be found below.


Bible References

  • Revelation 2:8 - 11
  • John 15:18 - 20