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Summary: Dedicating ourselves to service

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1. DID THE LAODICEAN’S UNDERSTAND THE MESSAGE? DO WE?

• The letters preceding and including this one are not merely letters to active churches in the day in which they are written, but to 7 church ages (stages) throughout history after the death of Christ

• Many believe that we are living in the age of the Laodicean’s

• Jesus is speaking to the Laodecian church, a church which is enveloped in:

a. Formality

b. Hypocrisy

c. Coldness

d. Being Indifferent

e. “Religion”

• Laodicea was a town that was economically wealthy and full of rich Greek culture

• It thrived in:

a. It had a well known medical school

b. Abundant Industry

c. Large Banking Operations

d. Clothing Manufacturing

• Laodicea was surrounding by the Phrygian mountains, some of them being very high

• Even in the early summer months the mountain tops are snow capped

• The Laodiceans built aqueducts to bring the ice cold mountain water to the town

• The problem was, however, that by the time that it got to town it had become ‘Luke warm’

• In the valley where the Lycus River joins the Maeander River, there are hot springs

• These springs are so hot that steam is produced

• The Turkish government continues the use of these springs even unto this day

• This is the hottest water imaginable

• In the process of taking this water up to Laodicea, the water would cool down and become ‘Luke Warm’

• Jesus knew that using the terminology ‘Luke Warm’ that the church of Laodicea would fully understand what the meaning was

• Luke Warm is not the most desirable way to drink water; most drink it either Ice Cold or Hot

2. HOW DOES HOT AND COLD RELATE TO THE

CHURCH?

• Jesus requires full and dedicated service

• Jesus tells the churches that He knows there work’s, in following suit with the letters to the other churches; The problem here, however, is that there is no good spoken of as to the works of this particular church

Matthew 7:22-23 “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works?” “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

• In other words, those who “say it” rather than “do it” shall be separated from Jesus Christ

James 1:22 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”

• When we think that simply saying or talking about service is enough we need to remember that God knows the motivation of the heart and that we deceive no one but ourselves

• James gives us a “call to action” in verse 22 of chapter 1

• We must act upon our words, not simply speak them

• Just as the Luke Warm water is distasteful to our stomachs, our Luke Warm service is distasteful to Christ

3. WHAT CAN LEAD US TO A “LUKE-WARM” STATE?

• VS 17

o “I am rich” This is an indication that the satisfaction and comfort in life has come through material gain

o “Increased with Goods” Sustainment of life comes through the world and not God

o Matthew 6:20-21 “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.” “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”


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