Heart to Heart
5 October 2014
Today, I’m away – in Northern Transkei, the Presbytery is called “East Griqualand”. I’m opening a new Church plant (a new congregation) called “Bhongweni”.
I will miss being in the service with you, especially since today is Communion Sunday. Communion is an opportunity to remember that we’re part of a big family – it’s not just us here in worship, its everyone who ever loved Jesus enough to trust him; whoever trusted Jesus enough to follow him. Fortunately, Communion also means that although I’m in the township of Kokstad, I am with all of you – connected with bonds of love. So – I will meet you in Communion, where we share His body and blood.
Today, Selaotswe will lead you to the city of Thyatira. The city was known as “Pelopia” but it was named Thyatira by king Seleucus I Nicator in 290 BC. He was at war when he learned that his wife had given birth to a daughter. He called this city “Thyatira” from the Greek meaning “daughter”. Thyatira was famous for its dyeing and was a center of the indigo trade. Among the ancient ruins of the city, inscriptions have been found relating to the guild of dyers in the city. Indeed, more guilds are known in Thyatira than any other city in the Roman province of Asia. In early Christian times, Thyatira was home to a significant Christian church. According to Revelation, a woman named Jezebel (or someone who was like the wife of Old Testament king Ahab) taught and seduced the christians of Thyatira to commit sexual immorality and to eat things sacrificed to idols.
The Apostle Paul and his companion, Silas, are thought to have visited Thyatira during Paul’s second or third journey. They visited several small unnamed towns in the general vicinity during the second missionary journey. While in Philippi, Paul and Silas stayed with a woman named Lydia from Thyatira, who continued to help them even after they were jailed and released.
I do hope you enjoy our continuing journey through the seven churches of Revelation.
Lots of love
We’d love to get to know you, please introduce yourselves to our ministers, Selaotswe, George or Mukondi as they greet you at the door.