The Church That Broke God's Heart
Steve N. Wagers
Revelation 2: 1-7
1. The PRAISE that He OFFERS!
A) Fervent Energy
B) Firm Orthodoxy
C) Faithful Ability
2. The PROBLEM that He OBSERVES!
A) The Value that had Departed
B) The Virtue that had Diminished
3. The PRESCRIPTION that He OUTLINES!
Franz Joseph Haydn, the Austrian composer, was a man with a cheerful disposition. Yet, he was a man who was married to a bitter and malicious woman. She continually belittled Haydn, and his music.
Several times, purely out of spite, she stole the only existing copies of his music from his desk, and destroyed them.
Haydn spent most of his career travelling around Europe. He was a brilliant composer, and because of his talents, he was in great demand throughout the Continent. However, he also used his travels to give him time away from his disagreeable wife.
During a visit to England, a friend visited Haydn in his hotel room, and noticed a large stack of unopened letters on Haydn's desk and asked the composer why he did not open his mail. Haydn informed him that it was not fan mail, or junk mail, but those were all letters from his wife.
He went on to explain, 'We write to each other each week. But, I do not open her letters, and she does not open mine!'
In Revelation 2 and 3 we find a stack of letters, seven in all, which have largely lain ignored and unopened by the Christian church over the years. Yet, these are letters dictated by Jesus, defined by John, and delivered to the 7 churches of Asia.
These churches can be viewed HISTORICALLY.
These churches can be viewed PROPHETICALLY.
These churches should be viewed TYPICALLY.
''Any condition of any church in any place at any time may be found in these 7 churches.''
**HE THAT HATH EARS TO HEAR LET HIM HEAR**
The church at Ephesus was birthed in revival in Acts 18-20, where Paul came and preached for 3 months and ''So mightily grew the word ...
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