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Summary: This church could not see itself as it really was.

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INTRODUCTION

 SLIDE #1

 A young woman went to her preacher and said, "Preacher, I have a besetting sin, and I want your help. I come to church on Sunday and can’t help thinking I’m the prettiest girl in the congregation. I know I ought not think that, but I can’t help it. I want you to help me with it." The preacher replied, "Mary, don’t worry about it. In your case it’s not a sin. It’s just a horrible mistake." -- Haddon Robinson, "Good Guys, Bad Guys, and Us Guys," Preaching Today, Tape No. 80.

 Sometimes we are the last to know how we really are.

 In this last letter to the churches, the letter to the church at Laodicea, we have a picture of a church that really does not see itself as it really is.

 The setting for this church could be compared to having a church in Miami Florida.

 The city of Laodicea was a popular place to retire. The city was famous during its time for many things which include:

 Health resorts because of hot mineral springs

 A medical center that was a well-known source of eye salve.

 It’s fine black wool industry

 Banking center

 The city was so wealthy that when an earthquake destroyed the city in A.D. 60, the city rebuilt itself without any outside help.

 This was a nice city to live in.

 This church probably looked very nice, it was a church that really did not have any problems with specific sins, heretics or persecution.

 This church had struggled with a problem that is still running rampant in our churches and our lives today.

 Let’s take a look at a picture of a foolish church.

 SLIDE #2

SERMON

I. PICTURE OF THE LORD v 14

 The picture of the Lord is painted for us in verse 14. Let’s see what it tells us

 SLIDE #3

Revelation 3:14 (NASB) 14“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the £Beginning of the creation of God, says this:

 SLIDE #4

 Jesus calls Himself the AMEN.

A. The Amen.

 Whenever we finish our prayers, we say AMEN. This means that we are affirming the truths that have been spoken.

 Sometimes during a sermon someone (who is awake) will say amen to something in the message, this means that we are affirming the truths that have been preached.

 Jesus is absolutely true and reliable.

 SLIDE #5

 Secondly Jesus calls Himself the faithful.

B. The Faithful.

 This statement means that Jesus is worthy of our faith. This is faith in the passive sense.

 How many things do people invest their lives in that are worthy of their faith?

 SLIDE #6

 Thirdly, Jesus says He is the true witness.

C. The True Witness.

 How many people claim the have the path to God?

 Jesus is the true witness to God.

 SLIDE #7

 Finally Jesus says He is the beginning of the creation of God.

D. The Beginning of the Creation of God.

 Why would people want to put their faith in the creation instead of the creator?


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