Seeing in Us What Jesus Sees - The Church in Thyatira

"SEEING IN US WHAT JESUS SEES"

THE CHURCH IN THYATIRA

Rev. Lon Lorton

June 11, 2017

Revelation 2:18-29

1.  Jesus knows the truth about the church.  (Revelation 2:18)

2.  Jesus praises the good in the church.  (Revelation 2:19)

3.  Jesus exposes evil in the church.  (Revelation 2:20)

4.  Jesus judges evil in the church.  (Revelation 2:21-23)

5.  Jesus encourages His faithful followers.  (Revelation 2:24-25)

6.  Jesus promises to share His victory with us.  (Revelation 2:26-28)

"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."  (Revelation 2:29)

The Day the World Caught Fire

"THE DAY THE WORLD CAUGHT FIRE"

Rev. Lon Lorton

June 4, 2017

Acts 2:1-21

Great people often tend to be controversial people.

  • "Jesus came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him."  (John 1:11)

Like the Messenger, the gospel message is a double-edged sword.

  • It serves as a surgical scalpel or a switchblade.

The Holy Spirit's wind, fire, and tongues brought about two reactions.

  • There were, and still are, seekers and scoffers.

Peter's Pentecost sermon preached the fulfillment of Joel's prophecy.  (Joel 2:28-29)

  • All the Lord's people do, indeed, become prophets.
  • All barriers are gracefully gone!

Peter's Pentecost sermon preached the other fulfillment of Joel's prophecy.  (Joel 2:30-32)

  • Those who are scoffers will know God's judgement rather than His grace.

Peter ends his Pentecost sermon with a challenge and an invitation.

  • "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
  • "Calling on the name of the Lord" is a Hebrew expression equivalent to "worshiping the Lord."

The good news of Pentecost is that the Holy Spirit, through those who call on the name of the Lord, continues the ministry of Jesus.

  • Our assignment is to continue Jesus' ministry of offering salvation, hope, renewal, grace, forgiveness, and refreshment.

Seeing in Us What Jesus Sees - The Church in Pergamum

"SEEING IN US WHAT JESUS SEES"

THE CHURCH IN PERGAMUM

Rev. Lon Lorton

May 21, 2018

Revelation 2:12-17

Would you rather be open-minded or narrow-minded?

1.  No church can live on its past.  (Revelation 2:13)

2.  No church can live on courage alone.  (Revelation 2:13)

3.  No church can live with error in its midst.  (Revelation 2:14-15)

4.  No church can live in a divided state forever.  (Revelation 2:16)

5.  No church can live without a word of hope.  (Revelation 2:17)

May we be as narrow as God’s truth and as broad as God’s grace.

The Price of Freedom

"THE PRICE OF FREEDOM"

Rev. Rob Wilson

May 28, 2017

John 15:13

"As believers in Christ, we are all soldiers in the Lord's army.  We, too, take oaths of fidelity, sacrifice, and service.  Our oaths of allegiance are to a kingdom that shall never end—a country where there is never a mistake in leadership, where justice flows down like a river, where poverty, disease, terror, hunger, and greed hold no power."  Kay Warren

True to Her Word

"TRUE TO HER WORD"

Rev. Lon Lorton

May 14, 2017

1 Samuel 1:1-28

This is the story of the importance of a mother’s word.

It was thought that a mother’s legacy needed a next generation.

Hannah was willing to give her child to the Lord – without question.

Her hesitancy revealed a reality in us all.

This mother’s commitments revealed commitments that we, too, owe:

  • To a child
  • To a parent
  • To a spouse
  • To a church
  • To God

There will be the pull to not follow through, but…

Hannah’s good example (her actions behind her words) is a challenge and a legacy: “Do the right thing.”