Christ’s Address to the Church in Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11)

Christ’s Address to the Church in Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11)

“Seven Marks of a Healthy Church”: Mark #2 – Fearless Faithfulness

Main idea: In the face of hardship, the struggling church is summoned to resist fear and remain faithful by trusting in the power, perspective, and promises of the risen Lord.


  1. Two complementary exhortations (Revelation 2:9-10)
    • Resist fear (v. 10a)
    • Remain faithful (v. 10b)
  2. Three sources of encouragement (Revelation 2:8-11)
    • The power of the risen Lord (v. 8)
    • The perspective of the risen Lord (vv. 9-10a)
    • The promise of the risen Lord (vv. 10b-11)

Secondary sources cited:

  • Jeffrey A. D. Weima, The Sermons to the Seven Churches of Revelation: A Commentary and Guide (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2021).
  • John Piper, Providence (Wheaton: Crossway, 2020).
  • Justo L. González, The Story of Christianity, Volume 1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation (New York: HarperCollins, 1984).

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