Overcome idolatry - Revelation 2:12-17

This is a sermon by Abraham Overvoorde from the Riverside Church service on 18th February 2024.

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Intro: Hideyoshi’s Colossus

Are there any idols in your life that take your time, money and affection?


  • The Reigning King


The city of Pergamum – Affluent, powerful and scholarly but…


Who is the reigning king of Pergamum? What would it be like to be a Christian in this context?

Jesus says, “I know where you live”


  • The Real Problem


Tempted to tolerate false teaching


Balek & Balaam – Corruption through impurity (Numbers 22-29)


Idolatry: The Lord of the Rings – Ring of Power


  • The Right Response


Listen to God’s word!





The one who is victorious:

  • Hidden Manna


  • White Stone


  • New Name



Questions for Life Group:

  • What are some of the idols in our society today? How much of a comfort is it knowing that Jesus knows where we live and our context?
  • In what ways can we as a church be tempted to water down the teaching of God’s word? Why must we stand firm in the truth?
  • Talk about the comfort and assurance that “the one who is victorious” will receive?






Questions for later:


Memory verse: Revelation 2v17

“Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.”



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