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Frenzy of Feelings (4 of 7)
Series: 7 Churches In Revelation
INTRO: Psychologists tell us that human personality is said to consist of roughly 4/5ths emotions and 1/5 intellect. This means that when we make decisions they are based on 80% emotional content and only 20% intellectual.
Advertisers recognize this well known fact by appealing strongly to our emotional nature ... and giving us little intellectual information.
Those who will be successful in dealing with others will take into account the powerful dynamics of "feelings" if they hope to work with others.
This doesn't make "feelings" evil, but it does demand that we try and balance better the dynamics of "feelings" and "fact"!
The same gifts of emotions that God has given us can become a vehicle of misguided power in our lives. We need the balance and checks of both.
The church that ministers to the mind but not the heart will fail to move people to be passionate in their faith.
The church that ministers to the heart but not the mind will drive the flock of God toward misguided and frenzied emotions, where they end up may be anyone's' guess!
PROP. SENT: The Bible clearly teaches that an over reliance on emotions can be dangerous and can create a cloud that obscures the paths that are clearly marked out for us to walk in God's Word.
I. CONCERNS Rev. 2:18-29
A. Setting Rev. 2:18a
1. Thyatira was a small rural blue collar town ... very different from Ephesus, Smyrna and Pergamum which were huge cities full of universities and powerful commercial centers.
2. Ironically, this the smallest of the 7 cities commands the largest letter … shows God's value of something as being very different from that of man's!
3. Many small trade guilds existed in this town … a town well known for it's textile and dye industry.
a. Acts 16:14 tells us that Paul's first convert in Europe, a woman named Lydia came from this town, she was a dealer of purple cloth.
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