This initial lesson will introduce you to the seven churches. I also provide an example of the approach we are going to take to the text each week.
One of the central concepts that occur throughout this study is that John speaks "text to context." This phrase comes from Ray Vanderlaan of That the World May Know Ministries. Ray was the leader on our tour.
John is going to take the words - and the associated meaning - of the Old Testament and intertwine them with references to the local context.
This combination creates a powerful way to convey biblical principles to an audience entrenched in Greco-Roman culture.