Pergamum: the church that compromised the Truth

Pergamum: the church that compromised the Truth

Today, we continue our new sermon series on the first three chapters of the mysterious book of the Bible, Revelation. Revelation is a letter addressed not to an individual but to seven church communities. Each letter first tells the church who Jesus is and how the hearers should live in light of that identity. The messages to the seven churches remain crucial and relevant for us today, and there is something we can learn from each church.

Today, as we continue our journey through the Book of Revelation, we arrive at the letter addressed to the church in Pergamum. This is the third of the seven letters that Christ instructs John to write to the churches. Pergamum was a city known for its prominence and influence in the ancient world, but it was also a place where the church faced unique challenges. The church struggled because it compromised the truth in exchange for comfort and influence. We face many of the same struggles today.

Sermon Notes

If we want to stand for truth, we must recognize Christ as the Lord of our lives

  • Revelation 2:12-13 NLT
  • Hebrews 4:12-13 NLT

Compromise occurs when we deemphasize scripture and elevate our feelings

  • Revelation 2:14-16 NLT
  • Romans 12:2 NLT

God’s promise gives us the strength to remain faithful, even when it’s not popular

  • Revelation 2:17 NLT