The Seven Churches of Asia Laodicea The Lukewarm Church Revelation 3:1422 NT Church 2017- Letters to the churches 7 letters to 7 congregations symbolic of the church as a whole. Common conditions
found in every church Thus we can ask, How does this apply to us? Laodicea Letters to the churches The 7 Churches Ephesus Left their first love Smyrna Persecuted (poor-rich) Pergamos Compromise (tolerating)
Thyatira Corrupt (immorality) Sardis Dead (or dying) Philadelphia An open door Laodicea Laodicea lukewarm (rich-poor) The city of Laodicea Located about 40 miles south east of Philadelphia and about 100 miles east of Ephesus Part of tri-city area including Colossae and Hierapolis
A wealthy city known for its luxury and prosperity. A banking center of Asia minor (minted coins) Also black wool and Phrygian powder for Laodicea the eyes The city of Laodicea They prided themselves for their self-sufficiency. In 62 when damaged by an earthquake, they
refused help from Rome. A famous school of medicine was there Known for its arts An assize city (courts) Laodicea A retirement city The city of Laodicea A considerable Jewish community, that was wealthy and helped support Jerusalem
Religion included Zeus, Asclepius and Apollo. Also Caesar worship Laodicea The city of Laodicea The beginning of the church is unknown possibly by Paul, or more likely one of his companions while he was in Ephesus. Mentioned by Paul in Colossians
4:12-16, with a letter written to them NOTHING good is said about this congregation Laodicea The Letter to Laodicea 3:14-22 Christ identified Says the Amen Ultimate affirmation
He is the last word Laodicea Don McClain, w65stchurchofchrist.com The Letter to Laodicea 3:14-22 Christ identified The Faithful and True Witness Jesus is both!
Revelation 1:5 John 8:14-16 Laodicea Don McClain, w65stchurchofchrist.com The Letter to Laodicea 3:14-22 Christ identified The Beginning of the creation of
God He IS God and created all things John 1:1-3 Colossians 1:16-17 Laodicea Don McClain, w65stchurchofchrist.com The Letter to Laodicea 3:14-22 Commendations NONE!
Condemnations: I know your works Laodicea The Letter to Laodicea 3:14-22 Condemnations: You are neither cold nor hot. Cold one far away and knowingly rejecting God, one without faith Hot one on fire in service to God, zealous. A church that
cannot be stopped (e.g. Philadelphia) Titus 2:14, Romans 12:11 Laodicea The Letter to Laodicea 3:14-22 Condemnations: I could wish you were cold or hot God takes no pleasure in the lost, but there is something worse
Laodicea The Letter to Laodicea 3:14-22 Condemnations: Because you are lukewarm, Lukewarm is tepid. Typically a drink in an unexpected state I will vomit you out of My mouth to eject the contents of the stomach (some versions speak of spewing or spitting). The condition of Laodicea was revulsive to God. Laodicea
E.g. You make Me sick The Letter to Laodicea 3:14-22 Condemnations: This congregation was repulsive to the Lord. Facing rejection A congregation that is non committed. No zeal and indifferent. Self-satisfied Laodicea
The Letter to Laodicea 3:14-22 Condemnations: Why is being lukewarm a problem? No conviction or commitment No zeal, or lack of quality products
Often misplaced priorities Often accompanied by arrogance and selfishness A breeding ground for doctrinal and moral errors not dealt withLaodicea The Letter to Laodicea 3:14-22 Condemnations : You say, I am rich, have become wealthy and have need of nothing Like the city, this congregation
had outward resources, and likely struggled with materialism and worldliness (not necessarily immorality or doctrinal error) Laodicea The Letter to Laodicea 3:14-22 Condemnations : You say, I am rich, have become wealthy and have need of nothing The Bible warns of the dangers of wealth.
1 Timothy 6:18-19, 6:9-10 Often those comfortable in this life dont want to change Luke 12:21 Laodicea The Letter to Laodicea 3:14-22 Condemnation: You say, I am rich, have become wealthy and have need of nothing God sees them differently
Laodicea The Letter to Laodicea 3:14-22 Condemnation: You do not know that you are: Wretched of poor quality, to be pitied cf. Romans 7:24 Miserable the result of their wretched condition Poor having very little Blind 2 Peter 1:9
Naked exposed, needing Laodicea protection The Letter to Laodicea 3:14-22 Call to action: I counsel you a plain and clear charge Buy gold refined in the fire, that you may be (spiritually) rich Proverbs 23:23, Matthew 6:19-21
Laodicea The Letter to Laodicea 3:14-22 Call to action: Buy white garments (as opposed to the black clothing) that you may be clothed covered up (their shame) and protected with purity Revelation 19:8 fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints Laodicea
The Letter to Laodicea 3:14-22 Call to action: Anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see overcome their spiritual blindness Ephesians 1:18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened Laodicea
The Letter to Laodicea 3:14-22 Call to action: As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten even in their deplorable state, God still loved them Hebrews 12:5-8 chastening designed to bring one back There is tragedy in a child 1) who is not chastened 2) will not heed chastening Laodicea
The Letter to Laodicea 3:14-22 Call to action: Therefore, be zealous and repent to a complacent society, they are called upon to be zealous ALL ungodliness needs to be repented of! Laodicea The Letter to Laodicea 3:14-22 Call to action:
Behold, I stand at the door and knock there was (is) still hope. Knocking implies this will not last forever so one NEEDS to open the door! Laodicea The Letter to Laodicea 3:14-22 Promises: If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to
him and dine with him and he with Me to open the door (with repentance) will cause us to be fully restored Laodicea The Letter to Laodicea 3:14-22 Promises: To him who overcomes, I will grant to sit with Me on My throne our goal is to always be with the Lord
As I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne Laodicea The Letter to Laodicea 3:14-22 Promises: He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches! Laodicea
Does this apply to us? 3:14-22 A church, probably in a prosperous area, with tendencies toward complacency and selfishness A community that is probably somewhat tolerant (if you leave them alone). The wealthy church is filled with good outward works supporting preachers, doing other things, etc.
Laodicea Does this apply to us? 3:14-22 They stand for the truth, but there are struggles with materialism and covetousness. Much like Sardis, they measure themselves by their outward accomplishments and worldly standards Laodicea
Does this apply to us? 3:14-22 They have a SERIOUS spiritual problem they are complacent and satisfied. Possibly arrogant and over confident. Other ungodly attitudes among its members Laodicea Does this apply to us? 3:14-22 Like Sardis, IF they dont change
they are dying. BUT, unlike Sardis, they dont really care There are lost souls out there, BUT they dont really care They are losing members (young and old), but they really dont care IF someone wants to do something, thats fine, they really dont care Laodicea Does this apply to us? 3:14-22
What are we really willing to give up to follow after our Lord? Romans 12:1-2of the Lords The future Will we die for depends Him? Lukeas 9:23-24, church 14:26-27 much upon our attitude
Godly commended as churches it does were our actions for their willingness to sacrifice What will we really sacrifice for Him? Laodicea Are we like the church at Laodicea?
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