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Title: Philadelphia The Healthy Church


1
Philadelphia - The Healthy Church
  • Overcomers - Part 6 of 7
  • Revelation 37-13 Selected
  • Cross Creek Community Church
  • Pastor Dave Martin
  • September 15, 2002

2
Written to seven individual churches which are
representative of seven periods of church history
  • 1. Ephesus Apostolic Church 30-110 AD
  • 2. Smyrna Persecuted Church 110-312 AD
  • 3. Pergamos State Church 312-500 AD
  • 4. Thyatira Tolerate Church 500-1500 AD
  • 5. Sardis Dead Church 1500-1750 AD
  • 6. Philadelphia Healthy Church 1750-Rapture

3
PREVIEW PhiladelphiaBrotherly love
  • Situated on a 800 hill overlooking important
    trade routes, 38 miles SE of Sardis

4
The Church at Philadelphia
5
  • An archeological image found of a god the people
    worshipped
  • Primary deity worshipped was Dionysus god of
    wine.

6
PREMINENCE Of Jesus Christ
  • Rev. 37 "To the angel of the church in
    Philadelphia write These are the words of him
    who is holy and true, who holds the key of David.
    What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts
    no one can open.

7
Jesus Christ is
  • Holy - Absolute holiness, purity, without sin,
    unblemished
  • True - Genuine, no perversion or lies.
  • Key of David - Represents sovereignty, authority,
    the messianic kingdom.

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PERSPECTIVE
  • Rev. 38 I know your deeds. See, I have placed
    before you an open door that no one can shut. I
    know that you have little strength, yet you have
    kept my word and have not denied my name.
  • I know your deeds full and complete knowledge.

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Four Characteristics of a Healthy Church
  • A Sense of POWERLESSNESS.
  • Have a little strength
  • 2 Cor. 129-10 But he said to me, "My grace is
    sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect
    in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more
    gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's
    power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's
    sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in
    hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For
    when I am weak, then I am strong.

10
Four Characteristics of a Healthy Church
  • A Passion to OBEY GOD.
  • Have kept my Word
  • John 1423-24 Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me,
    he will obey my teaching. My Father will love
    him, and we will come to him and make our home
    with him. 24He who does not love me will not obey
    my teaching. These words you hear are not my own
    they belong to the Father who sent me.

11
At Cross Creek, we believe
  • A Great Commitment to the
  • Great Commandment and the
  • Great Commission will grow a
  • Great Church
  • Mt 2237-39 Mt 2819-20

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Four Characteristics of a Healthy Church
  • A Burden for OUTREACH.
  • Have not denied my name
  • 1 John 26 Whoever claims to live in him must
    walk as Jesus did.
  • Matthew 2819 Therefore go and make disciples of
    all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
    Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

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Four Characteristics of a Healthy Church
  • A Steadfast personal WALK.
  • Endured patiently
  • Matthew 1022 All men will hate you because of
    me, but he who stands firm to the end will be
    saved.
  • Col. 110 And we pray this in order that you may
    live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him
    in every way bearing fruit in every good work,
    growing in the knowledge of God,

14
PITFALLSNo condemnation mentioned
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PROGNOSIS
  • Rev. 39-10 10Since you have kept my command to
    endure patiently, I will also keep you from the
    hour of trial that is going to come upon the
    whole world to test those who live on the earth.

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Because of our faithfulness, Jesus will
  • Open doors of Opportunity.
  • V8 I have placed before you an open door that no
    one can shut.

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Because of our faithfulness, Jesus will
  • 2. Vindicate Believers.
  • V9 I will make those who are of the synagogue of
    Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not,
    but are liars--I will make them come and fall
    down at your feet and acknowledge that I have
    loved you.

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Because of our faithfulness, Jesus will
  • Rapture the church
  • (before the tribulation period)
  • V Verse 10 Since you have kept my command to
    endure patiently, I will also keep you from the
    hour of trial that is going to come upon the
    whole world to test those who live on the earth.

19
Rev. 311 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you
have, so that no one will take your crown.
  • Jesus is coming soon!
  • Remain faithful in serving me!
  • You will not lose your rewards!

20
PROMISE
  • Rev. 312-13 Him who overcomes I will make a
    pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will
    he leave it. I will write on him the name of my
    God and the name of the city of my God, the new
    Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven
    from my God and I will also write on him my new
    name. 13He who has an ear, let him hear what the
    Spirit says to the churches.

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Jesus promised the Overcomers
  • Believers are made a pillar forever in Gods
    temple.
  • Have names written on all believers.
  • Name of my God
  • Name of the city, New Jerusalem
  • Name of Jesus new name

22
A Healthy Church will have
  • A Sense of Powerlessness in ourselves
  • Submissive dependence upon the Lord
  • A Passion to Obey God
  • Having a hunger for Righteousness
  • A Burden for Outreach
  • Striving for the mind of Christ
  • A Steadfast Personal Walk
  • Growing in an intimate love relationship with God

23
The true church will soon be caught up!
  • If Jesus were to return today, would you be
    ready?
  • Matthew 2444 So you also must be ready, because
    the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do
    not expect him.
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