A Spiritual Audit (3 of 15) by Larry Wynn

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A SPIRITUAL AUDIT (3 of 15)
PART 2 OF SUBJECT: SEVEN CHURCHES
A BRIDAL PORTRAIT
LARRY WYNN
REVELATION 2:18-3:22
JUNE 3, 2001 A.M.

INTRODUCTION

LAST WEEK WE STARTED A TWO-PART MESSAGE ON THE SEVEN
CHURCHES OF REVELATION.

WE ARE DOING A PERSONAL SPIRITUAL AUDIT.

AS A REFRESHER: LAST WEEK WE LOOKED AT:

- EPHESUS: PREOCCUPATION.

- SMYRNA: STRUGGLES.

- PERGAMOS: COMPROMISE.

TODAY, I WANT US TO BEGIN BY LOOKING AT THYATIRA.

- THE STORY OF THIS CHURCH IS FOUND IN 2: 18-29.

- THE CHIEF CHARACTERISTIC IS TOLERANCE.

- TOLERANCE CAN BE A GOOD WORD, BUT IT IS A MIS-
USED WORD TODAY.

- UNFORTUNATELY WE TOLERATE WHAT WE SHOULD NOT AND
DON'T TOLERATE WHAT WE SHOULD.

I. THYATIRA: VS. 18-29. {TOLERANCE}.

A. DEVOTED.

1. LABORING.

- THEY WERE HARD WORKERS.
- WE HAVE ALREADY SEEN A COUPLE CHURCHES LIKE
THIS.
- IT REMINDS US THAT A GROWING CHURCH TAKES
DEVOTION.
- IT TAKES HARD WORK.

2. LOVING.

- UNLIKE EPHESUS THIS PEOPLE HAD NOT STOP
LOVING JESUS.

- THEY LOVED HIM GREATLY.

B. DECEIVED. VS. 20FF.

1. PERSON.

- JEZEBEL.

* NOT A REAL NAME BUT CHARACTERISTIC.

* LIKE BEING CALLED BENEDICT ARNOLD TODAY.

- SHE WAS A PERSON WHO WAS COMMITTED TO FALSE
TEACHING.

- IT WAS APPEALING TO THE NON-DISCERNING BUT
APPALLING TO THE LORD.

2. PERSONALITY.

- SELF-APPOINTED TEACHER. REFUSED TO BE
UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF THE CHURCH.

- SEDUCTIVE.

- SCHOLARLY. I WAS TALKING TO A FRIEND A
WEEK OR SO AGO WHO HAD A PROFESSOR IN COLLEGE I HAD.
HE WAS WINSOME, SCHOLARLY, AND STRONG. BUT, HE WAS
TERRIBLY WRONG IN HIS VIEWS ON JESUS.

3. POISON.

- THOSE WHO HOLD TO A TOLERANT VIEW WOULD SAY
"PEACE AT ANY COST."

- WE SHOULD BE PEACEMAKERS BUT WE MUST ALSO
BE TRUTH DEFENDERS.

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