Bonnie Van Hise - August 16, 2021

Seven Congregations

Seven Congregations

First week of a six-week series called The End of All Things. The book of Revelation is filled with mysteries and imagery that is complex and perplexing. Over the centuries there has been a lot of controversy surrounding this letter from an author named John. What does his letter filled with visions about horsemen, beasts, and other creatures mean for us today? In this episode, we begin to explore the Book of Revelation by discussing its history, why its in the Biblical cannon in the first place, and the seven congregations that this letter was written too. Each of the congregations had a specific issue or concern to address such as complacency, internal conflict or making culture and society a priority their lives instead of Jesus, or persecution and suffering. How are these congregations and what they are facing and living through relevant for us today?

Scripture References: Revelation 2:1-7, Revelation 3:14-22

From Series: "End of All Things"

Six-week series called, The End of All Things. In this series we explore and uncover some of the mysteries in the Book of Revelation, this last book of the Bible. With which lens to we read Revelation? Is it really a futuristic book about the destruction of the world and non-Christians? Or is it a book about warnings and promises, and the hope we have in our relationship to Jesus? How do this letter from the author John relevant to us today in the 21st century? The Book of Revelation presents us with so many questions and yet, its words comfort us and give us hope. Its words are used in hymns and liturgies in the larger Church throughout the centuries, words and images that we have memorized and that have been engrained in our hearts.

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