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More than Conquerors

The Values We are to Pursue as a Church (Pergamum)

Scripture readings:

Revelation 2:12–17

“And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: ‘The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword. 

“ ‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’ 

Isaiah 11:1–5

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, 
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. 
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, 
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, 
the Spirit of counsel and might, 
the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 
And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. 
He shall not judge by what his eyes see, 
or decide disputes by what his ears hear, 
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, 
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; 
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, 
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. 
Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, 
and faithfulness the belt of his loins. 

 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version, (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016).

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