Summary: The Letter to the Church at Philadelphia
The Church That Jesus Loved
As we continue the series of The Seven Churches in Revelation, today we will be looking at the great church at Philadelphia. The church was named after a nickname of it founder Attalus Philadelphus, King of Pergamos. He was loyal to his brother Eumenes. Philadelphia was located twenty-five miles southeast of
Sardis. It major production was wine, it was known as the gateway to the central plateau of Asia Minor. It was in an area where earthquakes hit frequently which stop the growth of the city inside the walls. The word Philadelphia comes from two Greek words: Phileo, which means, “love” the remainder of the word Adelphos means “brother.” The name United States city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania means “Brotherly Love.” In looking at the seven churches Philadelphia would be called the model church. The Pastor, Deacons, Sunday School Teachers, and Congregation should strive to be this type of church. I sincerely believe Parkway Garden Baptist Church demonstrates some of the characteristics that made up this humble, loving church. This doesn’t mean we have arrived and we do not have room for improvement. We can improve as Jesus in his letter to the churches told them. Jesus pointed out what they were doing right, and at the same time he also told them where they were at fault. Each letter also told the church, congregation, and its Pastor, what they must do to finish the race and to be the church they needed to be. The letters also told if they did not change what would be the consequences that they would face. However in the letter to Philadelphia there was no complaints in what they were doing, he didn’t point out a single sins. This doesn’t mean they were perfect because they were not, but Philadelphia was the best of the best. This is what God wants to see in all of his churches. However, many churches drop the ball today it more about business in the church than about souls that are lost and on their way to hell if we do not act. Our motto here at Parkway Garden Baptist Church is “To Reach the Lost at any Cost” putting God first in our lives, others second, to love people just as Christ loves us.
Please open your Bibles to Revelation 3:7-13
7. And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
9. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
10. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.