15 October 2010
Tonight’s text is the letter to the church at Smyrna, which is unique in that there is only commendation for this persecuted body of believers. It is easy to get caught in the trap of trying to be like the world. We, however, are called to be set apart. While many of us may not suffer persecution, we would be wise to “hear what the Spirit says to the churches” as we consider the cost of following Jesus.
Brett is our senior pastor. He and his family moved to Portland in 1996 to start Athey Creek Christian Fellowship. As our church has grown, Brett’s main focus has remained the same: pointing people to Jesus by teaching through God’s Word, verse-by-verse, book-by-book and chapter-by-chapter. Brett and his wife, Debbie, have three children: Brooke, Joey and Casey.