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Summary: Part 2 of a 2-part sermon. The church in Philadelphia was told that Jesus had placed an open door before them. Where does God’s open door lead? 10 places where God’s open door leads the church are

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GOD’S OPEN DOOR-II—Revelation 3:7-13

Father’s Day—2002

The church in Philadelphia was told that Jesus had placed an open door before them.

The true church has an open door from Jesus before her.

Where does God’s open door lead?

10 places where God’s open door leads the church are...

1. HOLINESS(:7b)

2. LOYALTY(:7c)

3. ACCESS(:7d, 8b)

4. PREVENTION(:7e)

5. FULL KNOWLEDGE(:8a)

6. FULL RESPONSIBILITY/Obedience(:8b)

7—God’s open door leads to

ADMISSION(:9)

—Explanation:(:9)

“‘Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews, & are not, but lie--behold, I will make them to come & bow down at your feet, & to know that I have loved you.”

Recognize/Admit that God was working in Christians all along.

An Admission of past deception of heart.

—Argumentation:

Jn. 9:39-41—“And Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see; & that those who see may become blind.” Those of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things, & said to Him, “We are not blind too, are we?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.”

Php. 2:9-11“Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

—Illustration:

Mrs. Miller’s Pet Chicken/Housebroken/Pecks on door to go outside/I never would have believed it unless someone had told me/ADMISSION

—Application:

?You have an open door into God’s ADMISSION?

?Where does God’s open door lead you?

8—God’s open door leads to

PROTECTION(:10)

—Explanation:(:10) Prevention

:10—“‘Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell upon the earth.”

“Because”—

“Keep you from”—Prevention/Preservation

“That hour”—Indefinite time.

“To test”—Give them an opportunity to finally prove the focus of their faith!

—Argumentation:

1Thess. 4:14--18—“For if we believe that Jesus died & rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, & remain until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, & with the trumpet of God; & the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive & remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, & thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

1Thess. 5:9-10—“For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him.”

—Illustration:

Family car in garage/Old clunker outside under trees/Family car protected—Worth more/PROTECTION/PREVENTION


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