Revelation 3 feb 26, 2012

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Revelation 3 feb 26, 2012

  1. 1. Purpose of the book of Revelation It was written to giveChristians, struggling in this world against those who oppose the Faith, hope that the Christ who died for us will also oneday return for us as a conquering King toestablish his eternal reign! Because Jesus overcomes, so can we!
  2. 2. The structure of the book of RevelationRevelation 1:19Write therefore the things that youhave seen, those that are and thosethat are to take place after this.
  3. 3. Chp. 1 Chp. 2-3 Chps. 4-22 “Things which “Things “Things which will take place” you have which seen” are” Vision of Christ Vision of ConsummationTheophany Talks Tribulations Triumph Together!
  4. 4. Revelation 1:9I, John, your brother andpartner in the tribulation and thekingdom and the patient endurancethat are in Jesus, was on the islandcalled Patmos on account of the wordof God and the testimony of Jesus.
  5. 5. Revelation 1:10-11I was in the Spirit on the Lordsday, and I heard behind me a loudvoice like a trumpet saying, “Writewhat you see in a book and send it tothe seven churches, to Ephesus andto Smyrna and to Pergamum and toThyatira and to Sardis and toPhiladelphia and to Laodicea.”
  6. 6. A circular letter which was circulated amongchurches viapostal route
  7. 7. 3 Guiding Principles1. These first century letters aremeant for us just as much as theywere meant for their originalrecipients.
  8. 8. 3 Guiding PrinciplesRevelation 2:7He who has an ear, let him hear whatthe Spirit says to the churches.
  9. 9. 3 Guiding Principles1. These first century letters aremeant for us just as much as theywere meant for their originalrecipients.
  10. 10. 3 Guiding Principles2. Don’t miss the forest for the trees!Let’s not get lost in the details andtherefore miss the message Jesus hasfor us!
  11. 11. 3 Guiding Principles3. The Church may not be perfect, butit is precious!
  12. 12. 3 Guiding PrinciplesRevelation 2:1To the angel of the church in Ephesuswrite: These are the words of himwho holds the seven stars in his righthand and walks among theseven golden lampstands.
  13. 13. The Structure of the Letters1. A command to write (all)Ephesians 2:1To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:
  14. 14. The Structure of the Letters1. A command to write (all)2. A self-description of Christ (all)Ephesians 2:8And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life.
  15. 15. The Structure of the Letters1. A command to write (all)2. A self-description of Christ (all)3. A word of praise (5 of 7)Revelation 2:13 (Pergamum)I know where you dwell, where Satansthrone is. Yet you hold fast my name,and you did not deny my faith.
  16. 16. The Structure of the Letters1. A command to write (all)2. A self-description of Christ (all)3. A word of praise (5 of 7)4. A sharp rebuke (5 of 7)
  17. 17. The Structure of the LettersRevelation 3:1 (Sardis)I know your works. You have thereputation of being alive, but you aredead.
  18. 18. The Structure of the LettersRevelation 3:16 (Laodicea)So, because you are lukewarm, andneither hot nor cold, I will spit you out ofmy mouth. (rebuke)
  19. 19. The Structure of the LettersRevelation 3:19 (Laodicea)Those whom I love, I reprove anddiscipline, so be zealous and repent.
  20. 20. The Structure of the Letters1. A command to write (all)2. A self-description of Christ (all)3. A word of praise (5 of 7)4. A sharp rebuke (5 of 7)5. A charge to repent (5 of 7)6. A call to hear (all)7. A promise offered (all)
  21. 21. The Structure of the LettersRevelation 2:7b (Ephesus)To the one who conquers I will grant toeat of the tree of life, which is in theparadise of God.
  22. 22. 3 Vital Lessons1. We must beware of spiritualCOMPLACENCY!
  23. 23. Beware of complacency!Revelation 2:4 (Ephesus)But I have this against you, that youhave abandoned the love you had atfirst.
  24. 24. Beware of complacency!Matthew 22:37You shall love the Lord your God withall your heart and with all your souland with all your mind. This is thegreat and first commandment.
  25. 25. Beware of complacency!Revelation 3:15-16 (Laodicea)I know your works: you are neithercold nor hot. Would that you wereeither cold or hot! So, because youare lukewarm, and neither hot norcold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
  26. 26. Beware of complacency!Revelation 3:19 (Laodicea)Those whom I love, I reprove anddiscipline, so be zealous and repent.
  27. 27. Beware of complacency!Revelation 3:20 (Laodicea)Behold, I stand at the doorand knock. If anyone hears my voiceand opens the door, I will come in tohim and eat with him, and he withme.
  28. 28. 3 Vital Lessons1. We must beware of spiritual COMPLACENCY!2. We must embrace a “Jesus- Driven” philosophy of ministry and life.
  29. 29. Friends who is THE central person in these letters? JESUS!
  30. 30. “In the final analysis, Jesus cares comparatively little about numerical size, culturalrelevance, social influence, or financialprosperity. What matters most to himand must therefore matter most to us iswhether a church holds forth HIS name,proclaims the gospel of which HE is thecenter, , and heeds HIS words aguidance to govern its life and its loves.”
  31. 31. “Is your church Jesus-driven? Are the ministries and programs of your corporate existence energized and given shape by what pleases HIM? Is HE prized above all earthly treasures?”(Sam Storms, To the One Who Conquers)
  32. 32. 3 Vital Lessons1. We must beware of spiritual COMPLACENCY!2. We must embrace a “Jesus- Driven” philosophy of ministry and life.3. We must put the word “repent” back into our vocabulary!
  33. 33. Put “repent” back in vocab!Revelation 2:5 (Ephesus)Remember therefore from where youhave fallen; repent, and do the worksyou did at first.
  34. 34. Put “repent” back in vocab!Revelation 2:16 (Pergamum)Therefore repent.
  35. 35. Put “repent” back in vocab!Revelation 2:22 (Thyatira)Behold, I will throw her onto asickbed, and those who commitadultery with her I will throw intogreat tribulation, unless they repentof her works.
  36. 36. Put “repent” back in vocab!Revelation 3:3 (Sardis)Remember, then, what you receivedand heard. Keep it, and repent.
  37. 37. Put “repent” back in vocab!Revelation 3:19 (Laodicea)Those whom I love, I reprove anddiscipline, so be zealous and repent.
  38. 38. To ‘repent’ means to . . .RECOGNIZE sin for what it is, anoffense against God and thereforetotally and absolutely disgusting tohim!
  39. 39. RepentancePsalm 51:4Against you, you only, have I sinnedand done what is evil in your sight.
  40. 40. To ‘repent’ means to . . .RecognizeTake RESPONSIBILITY – we must ownup to our sin!
  41. 41. To ‘repent’ means to . . .RecognizeTake ResponsibilityRID ourselves of the sin – we mustwillfully and decisively turn from thesin!
  42. 42. Repentance2 Corinthians 7:1Since we have thesepromises, beloved, let us cleanseourselves from every defilement ofbody and spirit.
  43. 43. RepentanceJames 1:21Therefore put away all filthiness andrampant wickedness.1 Peter 2:1So put away all malice and all deceitand hypocrisy and envy and allslander.
  44. 44. To ‘repent’ means to . . .RecognizeTake responsiblityRID ourselves of our sin – we mustwillfully and decisively turn from thesin!
  45. 45. To ‘repent’ means to . . .RecognizeTake responsibilityRid ourselves of the sinREQUEST from God – cleansing andstrength to say “No!” in the future
  46. 46. RepentancePsalm 51:7Purge me with hyssop, and I shall beclean; wash me, and I shall be whiterthan snow.Psalm 51:12Restore to me the joy of yoursalvation, and uphold me with awilling spirit.
  47. 47. To ‘repent’ means to . . .RecognizeTake responsibilityRid ourselves of the sinRequest from God
  48. 48. 1. Has your love for Jesus Christ grown cold?2. What “drives” your life? Is it Jesus? Or something else?3. When was the last time you practiced biblical repentance?
  49. 49. A fourth “bonus” lesson … We must Know the Truth …. Take a Stand for the Truth!

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