Revelation

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

Jesus goes to church

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

Jesus goes to church

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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