Posted on March 24, 2019
In the midst of the thriving port city of Smyrna lived a small community of Jesus-followers who had come under fire from their neighbors. Refusing to worship the Roman emperor or his gods, these men and women became the targets of discrimination and assault. This wasn’t a surprise to Jesus but the encouragement He offered the church at Smyrna must have felt like a surprise. Rather than promising them a change in circumstance, Jesus offers them a change in perspective that changes everything.
Check out the final part in Alpine Chapel’s series, “Not That Church”, and listen as professor and one of Alpine’s own, Jeremy Pettitt, helps us uncover the profound meaning of our lives that comes from keeping our eyes on eternity, especially in times of suffering.
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