Seven Churches of Revelation Series
Sermon 2: Smyrna
Intro. Watch this clip: (kids discuss how much money it takes to
A. How much money would you say a person has to have to be considered rich?
B. Today, we will look at some rich, poor people, and
hopefully, we will see what "Rich" really means!
I. Smyrna: The City and Its Background.
A. Smyrna was a large and wealthy city 36 miles north of Ephesus. (BKC)
B. Like Ephesus, Smyrna was also a seaport. (BKC) It was also a great trade center.
C. Politically, it was pro Rome. Even when Rome was young, Smyrna was for her.
D. Religiously, Smyrna practiced Emperor worship. In 195 B.C., a temple was built for emperor worship.
E. Apparently, the local Jewish synagogue was called the Synagogue of Satan! (BKC) Also see Rev. 3:9.
II. Smyrna, The Church.
A. Commendation: (vs. 9)
1. Although materially poor, they had remained rich in Spirit!
a. It is possible that their poverty was a result of Jewish conniving; the Jews in this city would tell lies to people to keep the Christians from getting jobs etc.
b. Also, property was confiscated by order of emperor Domitian; again, Jews could tell who Christians were and demand that they bow down and worship the emperor, and when they
refused, they lost all!
2. Christ commends them for holding on and keeping Spiritually rich when it would have been so easy to give up!
1. There is no reprimand to Smyrna.
2. Smyrna is one of only two of the seven churches who receives no reprimand!
3. This was a model church!
C. Exhortation: (vs. 10a)
1. To prepare for new suffering which will be for a short time.
c. Even death.
2. Whatever they face, Christ exhorts them not to give up!
D. Promise: (vs. 10b)
1. To those who were true, a crown of life!
2. Even if they gave their lives, it would be worth the cost! They would have the rewards of Christ!
3. They would really be rich, if they didn't let their poverty cause them to compromise and do as the Jews in Smyrna had done.
III. Smyrna's Message to Marble Hill UMC.
A. To thank God for our riches, both
B. To realize the meaning of "Rich."
1. If we spend our lives seeking material "Riches" and we find them, are we rich? Do we feel
2. People that are "Rich" are those who find a
meaningful life in Christ! That satisfies!
C. To never become like the pious Jews.
1. They prevented those different from them from becoming a part of them.
2. We must never make anyone feel like they do not belong.
a. It is easy to only associate with those who are exactly like us.
b. Let's be careful to reach out to all people.
D. To live our lives richly, anticipating the time when we receive our crown of life.
1. No Christian should have a defeated outlook; we are on the winning side!
2. We have a reason to be rich, even when we are having hard times.
3. Let Christ's promise of life help us live this life more richly!
A. Have we let the tone of today's world get us down and discouraged? I don’t know about you, but I needed this one!
B. Let's ask Christ to help us see the blessings and find out how rich we really are!
Time of commitment.