Tom LundeenSeptember 22, 2023All Church Spiritual Journey
Passage: Titus 1:16
One of the worst things about lukewarmness is that those afflicted by it are often blind to that reality. How do I believe in God without turning hot or cold...or worse yet, lukewarm?
Pastor Tom Lundeen
Gallup poll (2022) = % of Americans expressed some level of belief in God.
81% of Americans on anything in 2023 is unheard of...
...but we'd all agree that 8 out of 10 people in 2023 aren't lives that reflect the teachings of Jesus.
There are huge numbers of people who some kind of belief in God, but they live their lives as if God doesn't exist.
Note Titus 1:16
We cannot really understand or interpret any of these 7 letters without knowing the background of each city.
Laodicea = city in Asia Minor.
3 major industries = , textile manufacturing, and medical school.
One great weakness = no (had to all its water from sister cities).
wrote this church a letter (note Colossians 4:16).
The church appeared to be strong/stable, but the spiritual reality was that the church was on the brink of collapse.
= commonly interpreted as lack of zeal, indifferent, apathetic.
Does the Bible ever teach us that God wants us to be and antagonistic anywhere else?
Water problem = Laodicea got water from Hierapolis (6 miles away, mineral water) and Colasse (12 miles away, spring water).
Like improperly packaged hot or cold water, they were lukewarm = true service.
Externally the church seemed fine...but Laodicea's deeds didn't affect/touch anyone.
Jesus knows our spiritual condition today.
One of the worst things about lukewarmness is that those afflicted by it are often to that reality.
Note Revelation 3:16-17a
The only good thing in Laodicea was the church's excellent opinion of itself (and it was a flawed opinion).
Note Revelation 3:17b = = wretched ones par excellence.
Jesus was the material condition of the city to the spiritual condition of the church...
The world is sleeping in the dark, but the church just can't , 'cause it's asleep in the light. (K. Green)
The church in Laodicea was sleeping in the light, busy doing things of no eternal value, to a spiritually starving world, and blind to their own critical spiritual condition.
Lukewarmness is so serious because it affects people of God's family, as well as people within the church.
Note Revelation 3:14 = Amen = so . Ruler = the .
Just as Jesus took the of nothingness and created the world, He could also take the chaotic mess in Laodicea and make it new.
Note Revelation 3:18a and Matthew 6:19-21; Revelation 3:18b, c (Jesus alone gives spiritual vision).
This harsh rebuke/correction of Jesus His love (note Revelation 3:19).
It's because God loves us that He our lukewarmness.
It's an issue of our will (note Revelation 3:20).
Lukewarmness is caused by excluding the and power of Jesus from our lives, ministries, and churches.
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