The Candlesticks

Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works (Rev 2:1-2a).

Why Church Standards?

Many years ago, I wrestled with this question. I distinctly remember asking an older bishop why we as a church have standards. I will never forget his answer, “We have church standards because we have found that if you want to have a plain church, you need to have a written discipline.” In other words, the ultimate goal he had for the church was that it remains plain and separated. His experience was we would not maintain that separation without a written standard.

The Christian Ordinance of Communion

Communion is an ordinance that Jesus Christ instituted and commanded. Jesus and His disciples were gathered to observe the Passover. We can look in on this scene through the writings of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. At some point during the meal, Jesus took the bread, blessed it and shared it with the disciples saying, “This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19).

The Seven Churches of Asia

What does Jesus have to say to the church where I am a member? What is He saying to me as a member? Which characteristics that are expressed in these seven churches are noticeable to me today and the surrounding churches of my era? Will he say: “Notwithstanding I have a few thing against thee”, or … “hold fast and repent”, or “thou… hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name”? May this study of the “The 7 Churches of Asia” be a blessing to the church of today and an encouragement to “him that overcometh”. This is an eight lesson course with questions for each lesson.
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