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Dear Philadelphia: Little Is Much When God Is In It (6 of 7)
Ken D. Trivette
M.T. Rankin stated that the large Church is not always the great one, while the great one is not always large. The Church at Philadelphia was probably the smallest of the seven Churches. The statement, "thou hast a little strength" (Vs.8), would seem to suggest that this congregation was small.
I think of something Warren Wiersbe taught me. He was to preach at the Church I pastor and before service I took him out to eat. As we sat at our table a couple that had recognized him walked up to and began to talk to us. As we talked I asked them where they were from. When they told me where they were from I said, "Oh yes, I know where that is. I preached in a little Church there one time." Dr. Wiersbe laid his hand on mine and said, "There are no little Churches."
We need to be reminded that there are no "little Churches." There are some smaller than others but we must never forget that God does not measure the Church by its attendance. God views Churches in light of their call and His plan for that Church. We so often try to build our Churches after another, but our concern should be to build our Churches after God's plan for us.
Each congregation has a certain call and work to do. So many Churches have started this and that just because that's what so and so is doing. What God wants to do in one Church may not be His plan for another. Because God has a plan and purpose for each congregation there are no "little" Churches.
The Church at Philadelphia by human standards was small but by heavenly standards was significant. They were little in ministry but large in ministry. As someone has said, "Instead of counting numbers, we should make numbers count."
I am told that there are three massive doors that lead into the Cathedral of Milan. Above each door is an inscription. Above the door to the left is a craved wreath of roses and the words, "All that which pleases ...
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