05/01/11 The Church of Brotherly Love!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Monday, May 2, 2011 Under: Sermon

The Letters to the Seven Churches Series - Philadelphia

Text: Revelation 3:7-13 (HCSB)

7 “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: “The Holy One, the True One, the One who has the key of David, who opens and no one will close, and closes and no one opens says: 8 I know your works. Because you have limited strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name, look, I have placed before you an open door that no one is able to close. 9 Take note! I will make those from the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews and are not, but are lying - note this - I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and they will know that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept My command to endure, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is going to come over the whole world to test those who live on the earth. 11 I am coming quickly. Hold on to what you have, so that no one takes your crown. 12 The victor: I will make him a pillar in the sanctuary of My God, and he will never go out again. I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God - the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God - and My new name. 13 “Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.

John 20:21 (HCSB) “Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”

Intro: "The city of brotherly love." Have you ever seen a church that is alive and faithful to Christ? A church that focuses upon Jesus Christ? A church that makes Jesus Christ the center of its ministries and activities? A church that focuses upon reaching and growing people for Christ? A church that focuses upon teaching people to love Christ and to love one another more and more? This was the church at Philadelphia
. The very word Philadelphia means brotherly love or one who loves his brother. The believers at Philadelphia loved Christ; therefore, they gave their hearts and lives to Christ. They lived like Christ said to live and they carried out the mission of Christ upon earth. The church at Philadelphia was alive and faithful. It represents all the churches down through the ages that are alive and faithful. It shows us exactly what Christ wants a church to be. There is no complaint or warning against this church. Jesus Christ has only praise and exhortation for the church that is alive and faithful.

Application: The church of Brotherly Love: Loves one another!

Overcomer - Greek word: nikaō

1. Brotherly Love has a Opened Door: Vs. 7-8

7 To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: “The Holy One, the True One, the One who has the key of David, who opens and no one will close, and closes and no one opens says: 8 I know your works. Because you have limited strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name, look, I have placed before you an open door that no one is able to close.

Christ has the keys He can open and close the door no one else can! A door to freedom and life! “About brotherly love: you don’t need me to write you because you yourselves are taught by God to love one another.” 1 Thessalonians 4:9 (HCSB)

We are taught to love one another – So how we doing? Has there been anything that you have done lately that would contradict that love for one another? “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth is already bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth is already loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19 (HCSB) This church had a vision to reach a lost world, and God set before them an open door. This Door will close if we do not reach out and touch somebody!

2. Brotherly Love Holds On: Vs. 9-10

9 Take note! I will make those from the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews and are not, but are lying - note this - I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and they will know that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept My command to endure, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is going to come over the whole world to test those who live on the earth.

Philadelphia the obedient church: The only major problem with the location was that the area was prone to earthquakes.

Christ is the Lord of the harvest and the Head of the church, and it is He who determines where and when His people shall serve. He gave the church at Philadelphia a great opportunity for ministry. But could they take advantage of it? There were at least two obstacles to overcome, the first being their own lack of strength. Apparently, this was not a large or a strong church; however, it was a faithful one. They were true to God’s Word and unafraid to bear His name. They had endured some special testing and had proved faithful.

It is not the size or strength of a church that determines its ministry, but faith in the call and command of the Lord. “God’s commandments are God’s enablements.” If Jesus Christ gave them an open door, then He would see to it that they were able to walk through it!

The second obstacle was the opposition of the Jews in the city. This was really the opposition of Satan, for we do not battle against flesh and blood.

“For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. 13 This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand.” Ephesians 6:12-13 (HCSB)

We must remember: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13 (KJV)

3. Brotherly Love Receives Permanence: Vs. 11-13

11 I am coming quickly. Hold on to what you have, so that no one takes your crown. 12 The victor: I will make him a pillar in the sanctuary of My God, and he will never go out again. I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God - the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God - and My new name. 13 “Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.

Everyone who is an overcomer (nikao) will become a pillar in the temple of . . . God. This is of course symbolic of the permanent place in heaven for believers, referred to here as the temple of God. Because believers have identified with Christ by faith, He will identify Himself with them.

I will make him a pillar. The symbolism in this verse would be especially meaningful to people who lived in constant danger of earthquakes: the stability of the pillar, no need to go out or to flee, a heavenly city that nothing could destroy.

God’s pillars are not made of stone, because there is no temple in the heavenly city. His pillars are faithful people who bear His name for His glory.

In a very real sense, the church today is like the Philadelphian church, for God has set before us many open doors of opportunity. If He opens the doors, we must work; if He shuts the doors, we must wait. Above all, we must be faithful to Him and see the opportunities, not the obstacles. If we miss our opportunities, we lose our rewards (crowns), and this means being ashamed before Him when He comes. “So now, little children, remain in Him, so that when He appears we may have boldness and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.” 1 John 2:28 (HCSB)

Conclusion: “There is a wide-open door for a great work here, although many oppose me.” 1 Corinthians 16:9 (NLT)

Brotherly Love embraces the opened door as a blessing and holds on through all the life shaking events to receive permanence from “The Holy One, the True One, the One who has the key of eternal life!

“I give you a new commandment: love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another.” It’s not: you should, maybe, it’s a good idea it is “you must also love one another!”

In : Sermon 


Tags: "seven churches" 
blog comments powered by Disqus
 

Tags

Make a free website with Yola