After an exhaustive expository study of Jesus's letters to the seven churches in Revelation, in this message we recap and highlight what we learned before moving on to John's prophetic visions. This is part 1 of 2.
We've been told Jesus is knocking at the door of our hearts, but do Christ's words, found in Revelation 3, really mean this? Or does Scripture reveal a much more powerful truth than what is used as an evangelical slogan? Using Scripture as our guide, we aim to discover the true meaning of Christ's warning to the church in Laodicea.
This sermon was given to RBCKC on her 15th
anniversary "covenant renewal" to rekindle her first love--the love and priority of being a lampstand for Christ, with such a desire to make Him known flowing from a renewed love for Christ and His people.
I. The Lord (Rev 1:1-19)
---A. Introduction to Book (vv1-8)
------1. Revelation of Jesus Christ (vv1-3)
------2. To the Seven Churches from the Triune God (vv4-5a)
------3. With Emphasis on Christ (vv5b-8)
---B. Interaction with John (vv9-19)
------1. Explanation by John (vv9-11)
------2. Description of Jesus (vv12-16)
------3. Encounter with Jesus (vv17-19)
II. His Lampstand (Rev 1:20)
---A. What is the Lampstand?
---B. Why a Lampstand?
---C. We need to be a Lampstand!
III. Our First Love (Rev 2:1-7)
---A. Description of Christ (v1)
---B. Christ Commends Orthodoxy (vv2-3,6)
---C. Christ Condemns Lack of Love (vv4-5)
---D. Conclusion (vv5,7)
------1. What do do? (remember, repent, return)
------2. What reward? (eternal life in His midst)
------3. RBCKC (final exhortation)
Jesus had a stern warning for those in Laodicea who thought they were rich yet were poor, naked and blind. Today we unpack what Jesus meant by saying the church was lukewarm, and see powerful and convicting truths that apply even to us today.
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