The first chapter of Revelation ends with a picture of Jesus walking among seven golden lampstands. The text tells us those seven lampstands are the seven local churches He is about to address: Revelation 1:20 - "As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches."
It's easy to forget about how close Jesus is to our church. It's easy to think of Jesus as caring about the Church - capital "C" - the universal Body Of Christ world-wide, but to miss His keen interest in this church - Cedarview Community Church - right here in Newmarket.
That's why this picture is given of Jesus walking among the churches - plural. He doesn't just see one big blob church - in which our local church just blurs in with the crowd. We know this because He doesn't just give one big assessment of the church in general. His words are tailored to individual congregations very specifically. Two receive no criticism at all. Five have different problems they need to face.