What Kind Of Church
I, John, both your brother and companion in the
tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus
Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for
the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus
Christ. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and
I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet,
11 saying, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the
First and the Last," and, "What you see, write in a
book and send it to the seven churches which are
in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to
Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to
Laodicea." Rev 1:9-11 (NKJV)
1. Jesus is looking for people who are passionate about …
To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, 'These things
says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who
walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2 I know
your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot
bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say
they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars;
3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have
labored for My name's sake and have not become weary.
4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left
your first love. Rev 2:1-4 (NKJV)
Now when they heard this, they were
full of wrath and cried out, saying,
"Great is Diana of the Ephesians!"
29 So the whole city was filled with
confusion, and rushed into the theater
with one accord, having seized Gaius
and Aristarchus, Macedonians, Paul's
travel companions. Acts 19:28-29
The Church at Ephesus had a GREAT
History is a great place to visit… a
terrible place to live.
You see we can be:
Forgiven by Jesus but not passionate
Follow Him with our head and not our
People who are passionate about
Seek to obey Him.
Love the Word of God.
Want to tell others about their best
Spend time with Him.
2. Jesus is looking for people who are faithful even in tough
"And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write, 'These things
says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life:
9 I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are
rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are
Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not
fear any of those things which you are about to suffer.
Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison,
that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten
days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of
life. Rev 2:8-10 (NKJV)
This church refused to compromise.
They were faithful even at great cost!
3. Jesus is looking for people who unashamedly profess Christ
and who are committed to living a holy life.
know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan's throne
is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith
even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who
was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14 But I have a
few things against you, because you have there those who
hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a
stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things
sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. 15 Thus
you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans,
which thing I hate. 16 Repent, or else I will come to you
quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My
mouth Rev 2:13-16 (NKJV)
The Nicolation deception said;
You can serve Jesus and live any way
Does this sound familiar?
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that
you should abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that
each of you should know how to possess his own
vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in passion
of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God;
6 that no one should take advantage of and
defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord
is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned
you and testified. 7 For God did not call us to
uncleanness, but in holiness. 1 Thess 4:3-7 (NKJV)
4. Jesus is looking for people who will
do Gods’ will to the end.
25 But hold fast what you have till I
come. 26 And he who overcomes, and
keeps My works until the end, to him I
will give power over the nations-- Rev
It is important to start well, but we
need to finish well.
For David, after he had served his own
generation by the will of God, fell
asleep, was buried with his fathers,
and saw corruption Acts 13:36 (NKJV)
The Apostle Paul also finished well.
I have fought the good fight, I have
finished the race, I have kept the
faith. 2 Tim 4:7 (NKJV)
5. Jesus is looking for people who are spiritually alive.
"And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, 'These things says He
who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: "I know your
works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.
2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are
ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.
3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast
and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as
a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. 4 You
have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their
garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.
5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will
not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his
name before My Father and before His angels. 6 He who has an ear,
let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." ' Rev 3:1-6 (NKJV)
Saris was a church that at one time
had been on fire.
Problem was this, they were living off
of their reputation.
Followers of Jesus who are alive in the spirit
A. Alert –
Be sober, be vigilant; because your
adversary the devil walks about like a
roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV)
B. Courageous –
And when they had prayed, the place
where they were assembled together
was shaken; and they were all filled
with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke
the word of God with boldness. Acts
C. joyful –
52 And the disciples were filled with
joy and with the Holy Spirit. Acts
D. Produce fruit –
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
peace, longsuffering, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness,
self-control. Gal 5:22-23 (NKJV)
E. Anointed –
But you shall receive power when the
Holy Spirit has come upon you; and
you shall be witnesses to Me in
Jerusalem, and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
Acts 1:8 (NKJV)
6. Jesus is looking for people who will
repent of being lukewarm.
There are three types of hearts listed
in the Bible:
Burning, cold and lukewarm.
Because you say, 'I am rich, have become
wealthy, and have need of nothing'--and do
not know that you are wretched, miserable,
poor, blind, and naked-- 18 I counsel you to
buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that
you may be rich; and white garments, that
you may be clothed, that the shame of your
nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint
your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.
Rev 3:17-18 (NKJV)
7. Jesus is looking for people who faithfully walk
through the doors God opens.
"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia
write, 'These things says He who is holy, He who is
true, "He who has the key of David, He who opens
and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens":
8 I know your works. See, I have set before you an
open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a
little strength, have kept My word, and have not
denied My name. Rev 3:7-8 (NKJV)
The key to an open door:
They don’t open by accident, or hard
work alone. Having great intellect will
not open spiritual doors.
God holds the key. Will we use it?
9 For a great and effective door has
opened to me, and there are many
adversaries. 1 Cor 16:9 (NKJV)