"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us…" -Ephesians 5:1-2
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. " - 1 Corinthians 1:18

The Church at Laodicea

Our Pastor, Elder Jonathan Cook, then preached a powerful and stirring sermon using Revelation 3:14-22 as his primary text, with support from Colossians 4:13 and 1:16-18, Proverbs 6:16-19, Philippians 3:6-8, Jerimiah 20:9 and numerous other scriptures. Once again, Elder Cook first reminded us that all true churches of the Lord Jesus Christ in all ages, to include today, need to be evaluated by the very same measures that are revealed in scripture because it is not about our expectations or what we think is important, but about His expectations and what He says is important. Elder Cook next reviewed the first six expectations that Jesus established for His church as presented in previous sermons: their unequivocal devotion to Him (revealed to the church in Ephesus), their faithfulness in tribulation (revealed to the church in Smyrna), their steadfastness to sound doctrine (revealed to the church at Pergamos), their holiness in living (as revealed to the church at Thyatira), their need for continuous spiritual growth and renewal (as revealed to the church at Sardis), and the need for the church to seize all the opportunities that God opens unto her (as revealed to the church at Philadelphia). Next, Elder Cook began to examine the expectations which Jesus reveals to the church at Laodicea. Jesus found this church to be neither hot nor cold, but rather, lukewarm – – a condition which He finds distasteful and unacceptable to the point that He will spit them out of His mouth. Elder Cook emphasized that this church viewed themselves as self-sufficiently rich and not in need of the Lord’s provision and yet Jesus sees them as “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” Because He loves her, Jesus admonishes the church and advises her to be zealous and repent and answer His knock upon their door and invite Him back into the church.

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