This message, Part 1 of an exegesis of Revelation 2:18-29, was preached at New Testament Christian Fellowship in Conover, NC on May 05, 2013. The particular focus of Part 1 is matters of introduction.
I want to make two small corrections regarding this message, for I hate when I discover that I have unintentionally misspoken facts, particularly historical facts. Anyway:
#1 The Philadelphia Baptist Confession was adopted in 1742, not 1707. 1707 was the year in which the first Baptist Association in America was formed. Interestingly, Benjamin Franklin is the one who first printed this confession in 1743.
#2 The king who begged Pope Gregory VII to lift his excommunication while standing in the snow was Henry VI, the Holy Roman Emperor (NOT a king of England). He prostrated himself outside the Castle of Canossa in Northern Italy for 3 days (NOT just one night), begging the Roman Catholic Pope for forgiveness and bowing before him in ridiculous submission (January 25-27, 1077).
So, for what it’s worth . . .