"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us…" -Ephesians 5:1-2

Church at Pergamos – Purity in Doctrine

Oour Pastor, Elder Jonathan Cook continued in the Book of Revelation using Revelation 2:12-17 as his primary text, with additional support from Hebrew 4:17, Ephesians 6:11-18, Revelation 12, Numbers 22-25 and 31, 2nd Peter 1:19-20, Psalm 23:5, and a number of other texts. Elder Cook first reminded us of the first two expectations that Jesus established for His church: their unequivocal devotion to Him (as presented to the church in Ephesus) and, as expounded upon last week, their faithfulness in tribulation (as presented to the church in Smyrna). Next, Elder Cook addressed the third expectation for His church which Jesus revealed to the church at Pergamos: the commitment to maintain sound doctrine. Elder Cook taught that Jesus first commended the church for maintaining (i.e., holding fast) their doctrinal position in spite of the very evil, dangerous and worldly environment in which they were located (i.e., Pergamos, which Jesus referred to as “Satan’s seat”). Elder Cook further taught that Jesus then chastised the church and calls for them to repent for allowing some among them to become stumbling blocks for the church in both practice and teachings, especially as regards the teachings of the Nicolaitans, which He, Jesus, hated. In addition to the above, Elder Cook emphasized that Jesus warned the church that if they did not repent of these things He would come against them with the sword of His mouth, which is “the sharp sword with two edges.” As in previous sermons, Elder Cook again emphasized that as a church body and as individuals we need to evaluate how well we measure up to each of the expectations revealed by Jesus for His church. In this case we all must stand firm for sound doctrine and practice in the church.

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