Summary: The Letter to the Philedelphians - Looking at the opportunities God gives us

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The Revelation to Philadelphia -.

A little trivia quiz this evening - you may want to take out a piece of paper to write the answer down

How many doors are in this sanctuary?

Don’t turn around and count – just take a guess, and write it down

How many doors are in this sanctuary?

Second, how many doors are in this entire church?

Put a number down

Okay, now exchange your papers with a neighbor

Just kidding – you can mark your own

How many doors in this sanctuary? _______

Now how did you know that? Well, people who are bored with the sermons – I’m told - will count just about anything - how many doors, how many chairs, how many lights, how many squares – you name it!

That’s easy. Second question - how many doors are in this entire church building? _________ – did anybody get that? That was worth coming for this evening for, wasn’t it?

Did you know that a lot of doors are mentioned in Scripture as well?

Both in the Old and the New Testament, the Bible talks about a number of doors, often with very different meanings. For instance, in Revelation 3:20, Jesus says: (Revelation 3:20) Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. This is the door of intimacy with Christ - We usually apply this passage in an evangelistic sense, and yet it was written to a church of believers. It illustrates for us the willingness of Jesus to pursue believers who have grown cold in their relationship with him. The imagery is of Jesus knocking at the door of a church, and waiting for the church to re-open that door so that a vital relationship can be re-established

Another type of door mentioned in scripture is the door of salvation For instance, in John 10:29, Jesus said: (John 10:9) I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. Jesus was teaching the remarkable truth that he is the only way to salvation. Inside that door or gate, there is safety and everything we need.

There’s a third type of door mentioned in scripture – the door of opportunity. For instance, Paul says in Colossians 4:3: “and pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains”. It’s mentioned a number of times in scripture, and it refers to the way that God gives wonderful opportunities to preach the gospel, and also how he prepares willing ears to listen and eager hearts to receive it Throughout history, people have found that God has a unique way of providing opportunities for fruitful service, and hearts ready to accept the gospel.

This morning we’re looking at the sixth of seven churches in the book of Revelation. This church is located in Philadelphia – obviously, not the one in Pennsylvania, USA. This one was in Asia.

Philadephia – The City

Philadelphia was a city strategically located on the road from Rome to the east, and was a strong fortress city. It was a city of major influence in the area and was located on the edge of a great volcanic plain which was fertile as a result and perfect for grape growing. It was the centre of worship of the greek god Dionysius, the god of wine – no surprise really. It’s proximity to active volcanoes was a constant threat and the people in the most part lived outside of the city due to the threat from falling buildings within the city walls.

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Emmanuel Ajala

commented on Jan 29, 2011

What a soul-refreshing message from heaven! You cannot have overdose of it.

Randy Hamel

commented on Nov 4, 2012

A great blessing. I am praying for a God opened door in my life - when it is a God opened door nobody can shut it because it swings both ways.

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