What Kind of a Church Member are you?This is a *very* brief study on the churches in the book of Revelations.
Patient but fallen Ephesus
I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience…And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent… Rev. 2:2-5 KJV
Have you been diligent and persevering in your service to God but you’ve lost your loving feelings towards God? Are you a church member like the church in Ephesus?
Suffering but faithful Smyrna
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. Rev. 2:10 KJV
Are you undergoing persecution, tribulation, and suffering but remaining faithful to God? Are you a church member like the church in Smyrna?
Faithful but permissive Pergamos
I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name and hast not denied my faith…But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. Rev. 2:13-14 KJV
Are you faithful to not deny the name of Christ but been permissive in certain areas of doctrine to the point of sin? Are you a church member like the church in Pergamos?
Faithful servants but tolerant Thyratira
I know thy works, and charity and service, and faith, and thy patience and thy works…I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth her self a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificied to idols. Rev. 2:19-20 KJV
Are you faithful in service to God but tolerant of false doctrine and sin? Are you a church member like the church in Thyratira?
Alive in name but dead Sardis
…I know thy works, that thou has a name that thou livest, and art dead. Rev. 3:1 KJV
Are you a Christian in name only but spiritually dead? Are you a church member like the church in Sardis?
I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou has a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Rev. 3:8 KJV
Are you keeping God’s word and not denying His name? Are you a church member like the church in Philadelphia?
Wealthy but lukewarm and spiritually poor Laodicea
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm…I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked… Rev. 3:15-17 KJV
Are you wealthy in material goods but poor in spiritual goods and lukewarm towards the things of God? Are you a church member like the church in Laodicea?
What kind of a church member are you? Which one of these descriptions most resembles your walk with Christ? Are there areas where you may need to repent and ask God for forgiveness? What do you need to do to get closer to God today? Leave me a comment in the comment section below!