Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Last week we discussed the church at Philadelphia.

“I know you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”

The members of the church were tired. The scripture doesn’t reveal why but it is safe to assume that they were facing persecution from without and within. The governing authorities weren’t wild about Christians. ┬áIn the first century standing for Christ often meant loss of social standing, money and sometimes ones life. That pressure alone could wear a congregation down, however, the scripture hints that the Philadelphia church also faced strife from within.

“I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars – I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.”

Some members of the church have rejected sound doctrine and are fighting against those who have remained faithful to Christ. The believers are promised a great reward but they are understandably tired. Many of us could identify.

When we are tired we must not yield to pressure to conform – whether that pressure comes from without or within. Passages from scripture like this one strengthen us and remind us that it will be worth it in the end.

Tomorrow we discuss the church at Laodicea. Revelation 3:14-18. Consider the following questions:

1) What is the church doing wrong?

2) How can we avoid being luke-warm?

See you tomorrow.

John

 

 

 

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