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Laodicea: Choose an On Fire Church (8 of 8)
Series: Choosing a Church
Today I want to talk about the church of Laodicea. Our subject today is "Choose an on Fire Church."
We are talking about how to choose a church. Many of you are church shopping. You're trying to determine where the Lord would have you to go to church, and I am trying from the Word of God to give you some Bible guidelines about the kind of church you select.
We're looking at the seventh church of the letters of the Lord Jesus Christ to the churches of Asia Minor. This is the last one, and it is also the saddest one because this is a church which bears the title "The lukewarm church."
Whatever you do, you want to be a part of an on-fire church. Whatever you do as an individual believer, you do not want to be lukewarm, but you want to be on fire in your relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sometimes churches have a tendency to reflect the atmosphere of the city where they are located. That was certainly true of the church of Laodicea. The city of Laodicea was the chief city of Phrygia. It was about 45 miles southeast of the city of Philadelphia.
The city of Laodicea was known for a number of things, three in particular. Laodicea was a banking center. It was a very wealthy place. Because of the fact that it was such a wealthy place and such a banking center, they developed a sense of self-sufficiency. In A.D. 17 when an earthquake destroyed the city of Laodicea, they were so very proud that they refused to accept any help from outside sources. Here was a people who were self-sufficient. They didn't need anything from man or from God. It was a wealthy banking center.
It was also a clothing center. When I read that, I thought about a little town about 10 miles north of the town I came from in Georgia. I thought about Breeman, Georgia, which used to be known as a clothing center because there were clothing fact ...
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