Jesus Goes To Church

Jesus Goes To Church 7: Laodicea

Jesus goes to church

June 22, 2014

Bible Text: Revelation 3:14-22 |

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Lukewarm Christianity is a plague in the Western church. Jesus has strong words for the church in Laodicea, a church marked by a lukewarm faith. In this letter he exposes the root of their spiritual poverty and so by listening in, we can expose the roots of our own lack of spiritual fervour and zeal. The letter to the church in Laodicea teaches us what lukewarm Christianity is, where it comes from, and what we can do about it.

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Jesus Goes To Church 6: Philadelphia

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June 15, 2014

Bible Text: Revelation 3:7-13 |

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The simple reality of the Christian faith is that it isn't easy. It isn't easy and as a result difficulty is often accompanied by doubt. How do I know I'm really a Christian? How do I even know all this God stuff is real? One of the things we need to keep talking about in the church is assurance. People need to be assured about their faith in the humdrum of life. The Philadelphian church was a struggling, but faithful church in desperate need of tender words of assurance. By listening to what Jesus says to them, we too can find the assurance we need to persevere in the Christian faith.

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Jesus Goes To Church 5: Sardis

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June 8, 2014

Bible Text: Revelation 3:1-6 |

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Many people come to the city to make a name for themselves, to earn a reputation. The ancient church in the city of Sardis had a reputation for being alive, but it was a reputation that didn't hold true in the eyes of Jesus. By listening to what he says to this ancient church we can gain some insight into what he thinks about us today. We can see his penetrating insight into a culture that is saturated with people trying to make a name for the themselves in the city.

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Jesus Goes To Church 4: Thyatira

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June 1, 2014

Bible Text: Revelation 2:18-29 |

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Most cultures around the world have some sense that our world is engaged in a cosmic struggle between good and evil. Basically every religion takes this as a given, and then sets about providing ways of ensuring that good wins out in the end. The letter to the church in Thyatira is the central letter in the collection of seven. It speaks to the heart of the struggle of the ancient church, and the heart of the church's struggle today. By observing closely what Jesus says to this church we can rightly understand our position in this great struggle between good and evil, and even find out how to be on the victorious side when the struggle concludes.

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Jesus Goes To Church 3: Pergamum

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May 25, 2014

Bible Text: Revelation 2:12-17 |

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Sex and drunken revelry - that was part of what regular idol worship looked like in the ancient city of Pergamum. This idolatrous culture proved to be a tricky place for Christians to inhabit and remain faithful. In the letter to the church in that city, Jesus tackles the culture head on, and shows how it's deepest longings, for sustenance and intimacy, can only be fulfilled in him.

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Jesus Goes to Church 2: Smyrna

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May 18, 2014

Bible Text: Revelation 2:8-11 |

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Even a surface reading of the New Testament will leave you in no doubt that persecution was big part of the spirituality of early Christianity. For those of us who live in affluent, Western countries, with significant religious freedom, this can sometimes be hard to understand and appropriate for ourselves. In this sermon we look at Jesus' words to the church in Smyrna, a church that faced severe persecution for their relentless faith in Christ. Although sometimes it feels like we live in a different world from those in first century Smyrna, there's a lot in this letter that helps us to think about how persecution is a part of our contemporary spirituality.

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Jesus Goes to Church 1: Ephesus

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May 11, 2014

Bible Text: Revelation 2:1-7 |

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What would happen if Jesus rocked up at your church on Sunday night and took the sermon instead of the regular preacher? What would he say to your church? Well by studying the letters to the 7 churches of Revelation we get something of a look in to just what Jesus would say. We start this series off with a look at his words to the church in Ephesus, a church that he saw as being really strong on truth but really weak on love. Have a listen to find out more...

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