The practice of letter writing has all but vanished from modern culture. When was the last time that you received a personal letter from a friend or loved one?
Today we begin a sermon series in which we will examine seven letters from Jesus (through the Apostle John) written to churches in what is modern-day Turkey.
As the Lutheran Study Bible notes: Every letter conforms to a similar pattern: (1) Jesus addresses the congregation; (2) Jesus introduces Himself as the speaker and is identified with significant titles; (3) Jesus affirms what is good and right with that church; (4) Jesus rebukes the congregants for what they lack; (5) Jesus issues a call to repentance; (6) Jesus promises blessing to “the one who conquers”; (7) Jesus gives an exhortation to “hear what the Spirit says.”
These letters are incredibly relevant for the modern church and individual Christian. Through these letters, the Savior calls us to repentance. My prayer is that we take this opportunity to examine ourselves and our congregation, and then live in the promise of forgiveness and eternal hope for all who trust in Christ!