by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 5 and 6 of a 8 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 5: Pure Heartedness in the Church
Series: Christ's Evaluation Of His Church
Stuart Briscoe
Revelation 2:18-29

Thyatira was the least important of the seven cities but its church received the longest letter. This may have been because while outwardly the church was prospering, he who "searches hearts and minds" had detected serious problems that needed immediate attention.

I. Christ's Expression of Concerns for the Church.

A. The Son of God who loves and gave Himself. Galatians 2:20

B. The Son of God whose eyes flash fire.
1. The fiery glance of indignation. Mark 3:5

2. The fiery glance of insight.
a. Searching hearts and minds. v. 23; Jeremiah 17:9-10

b. Rewarding according to deeds.

C. The Son of God whose feet are burnished bronze.
1. Standing firm and true.

II. Christ's Evaluation of the Condition of the Church.


Part 6: Open-Heartedness in the Church
Series: Christ's Evaluation Of His Church
Stuart Briscoe
Revelation 3:1-6

Sardis had a great reputation both commercially and militarily. Unfortunately, the city rested on its reputation, became careless and self-indulgent, and, on two occasions, was overthrown. The church at Sardis had a great reputation, too, but Christ looked behind the reputation to the reality and was less than impressed.

I. Reputation and Reality.

A. Reputation from a human perspective.
1. Reputation of being active-"Your works."

2. Reputation of being alive-"Name."
a. Name of "Christ."

b. Name of "Church."

B. Reality from the divine perspective.
1. Physical activity disguised spiritual emptiness.
a. Man looks on outward…God on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7

b. Man evaluates performance…God sees motive.

c. Man sees movement…God what is "fulfilled."

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