To the Church in Laodicea

Message 8 of 9 in the series Burn Brightly

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14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

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Revelation 3:14-22, ESV

Discussion Questions

  • Read John 15:4-11

    In your own words, what does it mean to abide with Christ?

    What promises does Jesus make for those who Abide in him?

  • The one-word theme used in this series for the letter to Laodicea is ‘Passion’. What was causing the church in Laodicea to be indifferent about Jesus?

    How was their lack of zeal for Christ impacting their spiritual life?

  • How much do you wrestle with trying to be self-sufficient?

    How do you see this working in your walk with Christ? What can you do to cultivate more of a daily dependence on Jesus?

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