Every Saturday morning Jeff takes the kids out for breakfast, and I sleep in. They grab their Bibles, and work their way through a book of the Bible. Right now they are working through Revelation because Superman decided that is his favorite book of the Bible. Then last week our Sunday School class went through the Letters to the Seven Churches, and so I stole Jeff’s Bible study to use with our class.
I guess if he says I can it’s not really stealing is it? It sounds more interesting if I say steal it, because you know stealing something for a Bible lesson…. That’s funny. Back on track though.
The Letters to the Seven Churches lesson
Before I unleashed this on my Sunday School class I wanted to practice on my kids. Which means they got to go through the lesson twice. Poor guys, that’s what happens when your Mom is the teacher kids.
We went through each of the churches. It’s an interesting lesson. Jesus talked to each of them a different way, but there are a lot of commonalities.
For each church Jesus introduced Himself a different way. It was fascinating to look through each different part, and it got me itching to illustrate all of that (don’t be surprised if you see an illustrated version of this Letter to the Seven Churches lesson at some point, in the distant future [I have a notebook full of ideas, and I”m trying to get organized to do this]).
Then Jesus went on to tell them what each church was doing good. Except one, there’s one church that isn’t doing anything right. Poor guy.
Next Jesus gave them items to correct. They are almost all pretty big deal things. Again, there is one church that has nothing wrong. Which fascinates me.
I’d also like to point out this is a good way to deliver correction, point out what someone is doing right, and then give them where they can improve, don’t lead with the bad news. I really need to work on this.
All of the letters end with a final statement to them. It’s amazing to me how many churches, get a warning to change or their church will die. The sad part is, many of these historic churches were gone for centuries. There are now churches there again, but they are not the keystone churches they once were.
Now that I’m writing a little bit about our notes, I’m starting to think more about each of these Seven Churches in Revelation, and think more about them.
And yes, I did not actually answer the question of what Jesus had to say in His letter to the church. I’m making you READ THE BIBLE! Crazy! Unthinkable! What is going through her head?
Maybe, I really shouldn’t write when I’m in a silly mood.
Letter to the Seven Churches in Revelation lesson resources
- Printable Bible study I referenced
- Buck Denver Asks What’s in the Bible vol. 13
- Revelation Bible study for kids