Laodicea: The ''Who Cares?'' Church (8 of 8) by Jerry Vines

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Laodicea: The ''Who Cares?'' Church (8 of 8)
Series: 90's Churches
Jerry Vines
Revelation 3:14-22

If you are in this service tonight and do not know the Lord Jesus as your Savior, as we approach the end of the message I'm going to share with you how you can become a Christian, how you can know the Lord as your personal Savior. There is a beautiful verse here which makes it very, very plain how you can come to know Christ in a personal way. My prayer and the prayer of our church fellowship and all of our folks who are in this service is that you will come to know this wonderful Jesus before you leave this service.

This is the final letter of our Lord Jesus Christ to the churches of Asia/Minor. These seven letters which give to us a picture of the churches of the '90's. All of these churches reflect every church that is represented in modern Christendom today. This last church, the church of the Laodicean and the letter of our Lord is the saddest of all the letters the Lord Jesus wrote. Some of the churches He had wonderful things to say about them. Some of the churches He praised them and said to them, ''You are doing a good job. Be faithful and keep it up.'' But there is not one word of congratulations. There is not one positive word to the church of the Laodiceans. Rather it is a message which reflects the average church condition in the 20th century and the typical Christian life as we approach the end of the age.

As I have pointed out to you in previous messages, many times churches have a tendency to take on the characteristics of the place where they live. The church is intended to be a thermostat, changing the temperature of where they are. But too often they become thermometers, merely reflecting the temperature where they are. This was certainly true of the Laodiceans. The city of Laodicea gives us some rather interesting information which is reflected in the words of our Lord to the church that has been influenced by the city of Laodicea.
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