I am currently doing a series in our college group called “Postcards from the Edge.” The series is on Revelation 2-3 and Jesus’ letters to the churches. These letters are just jam packed with relevant encouragement and correction. This week I am teaching on the letter to the church in Pergamum. I think it’s one of the most cryptic letters out of the seven, but after some study I feel like I have wrapped my mind around what it’s saying.
This whole passage is about compromise. It references the Nicolatians in Rev 2:15. There is a lot of debate about who these people were and what they believed. What I found was that early church tradition held that the Nicolatians were formed by Nicolas who is mentioned in Acts 6 as one of the men chosen to help lead the church at Antioch. Revelation 2:12-17 tells the story of a slow slide. Attrition. Drifting.
It’s so easy to do isn’t it? Especially in a culture that values busyness and constantly having something going on. I mean, when was the last time that I turned my cell phone OFF? As I studied and read this passage (and looked into the background), I am convinced that God would have something to say to his church through this passage today! It’s easy to drift and not know it. Maybe we aren’t even drifting yet, but you can see your eyes are starting to wonder.
The other night I was watching the men’s 4×100 relay. Awesome. But the things that stood out to me was how France faded in the end and the US finished stronger than they started. I want to keep growing… I don’t want to fade.