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Sunday Sermons A Love Letter You Don’t Want Written to You

February 05, 2023 | Leland Brown

“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: 'The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation. I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”  Revelation 3:14-22

1. We can fool everyone else but we can’t fool Jesus (14-15a)

2. We can prosper and perish (15b-17)

What is lukewarmness? Complacency

  • Material complacency
  • Spiritual complacency

Why are we lukewarm? Two possible reasons:

  • We are not converted
  • We were hot, but have cooled

“It has ever been the tendency of human nature, however inflamed with the love of God, gradually to chill into lukewarmness.”  Charles Spurgeon

3. But we can start again! (18-22) 

The counsel: “buy from me” 

The encouragement: “Those whom I love”

The invitation: “I stand at the door and knock”