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The Kind of Church God Loves (1 of 2)
I THESSALONIANS 1:2-4
I am really glad you are here tonight. Why don't you take your Bibles and turn
to I Thessalonians. Do you know where that is? Right before II Thessalonians,
at the end of your New Testaments. Tonight I want to talk to you about the kind
of church God loves. If you read the book of Revelation, chapters 2 and 3,
Jesus has some special things to say to those seven churches. He spoke about
the church there at Ephesus, the church that lost its first love. There are a
lot of people like that, they lose their first love. They fall out of love with
Jesus. Then he also gives some great things that you and I can do to fall back
in love with Jesus. Then he talks about the church at Smyrna, that was faithful
in the midst of affliction. There are some folks and some churches that go
through difficult times. I don't know if you knew this or not, but there is
somewhere in the neighborhood of 300,000 Christians who lose their life every
year, who are martyred for their faith, especially in the Islamic world. Then
there was a church at Pergamum that was the compromising church, and quite
frankly I have got to tell you, there are a lot of churches today that test the
political wind, and they allow their doctrine to shift and flow based upon its
constituents. Then there was the church at Thyatira. The church at Thyatira
was true to the word. It was one of the few churches that Jesus had any good
things to say about. Sardis was a church that simply had all kinds of problems.
The Philadelphian church was a church that was open-door. It was a missionary
church, and God said I am going to put for you a door that nobody can shut, I'm
going to keep it open. It was a missionary church. Then there was the church
at Laodicea, the church that just really married the world. It not only
compromised, it was a full-blown worldly church. Honestly you can se ...
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