Outline and Audio Sermons:
Dr. Walter D. Huyck Jr. D.Min.
The Church At Ephesus (Rev 2.1-7; John 14.15) - They lost their first love.
What does it look like when our love fails?
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
When our love fails our surrender faulters.
Our obedience fails.
does not lose his first love.
Which means He surrenders to the Lord Jesus Christ and obeys Him.
How can one say they love God with all their heart and disobey Him?
The Church At Smyrna (Rev 2.8-11; Matt 10.16-26) -
These suffered in the Synagogue of
This is severe
Our Lord warned us that we would be persecuted.
Behold, I send you forth as
sheep in the midst
of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as
doves. 17 But
beware of men:
for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in
their synagogues; 18 And ye
shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony
against them and the Gentiles. 19
But when they
deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be
given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
20 For it is not ye that speak, but
the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
And the brother
shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the
children shall rise up against
their parents, and cause them to be put to death.
22 And ye shall be hated of all
men for my name's sake:
but he that endureth
to the end shall be saved. 23
But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another:
for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel,
till the Son of man be come. 24
The disciple is not above
his master, nor the servant above his lord.
25 It is enough for the disciple
that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called
the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more
shall they call them of his
household? 26 Fear them not
therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and
hid, that shall not be known.
is faithful unto death and will not be hurt or the second death.
To be faithful unto death is to carry your testimony unto death.
To not be hurt of the second death is to not be ashamed at the Great
White Throne Judgment.
How many Christians lose their testimony when faced with slight resistance?
Only a few faithful will carry their full testimony through severe
persecution. Our faultering
destroys the gospel message.
The Church At Pergamos (Rev 2.12-17; 1 John 2.15) -
These dwell where Satans Seat is.
intoxicated by the materialism of Balaam.
Which is the willingness to sell out on God for this world’s
treasures. Our Lord warned us
that this worlds treasures could cause us to falter.
1 John 2:15
Love not the world, neither the things
that are in the world. If
any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
will eat of the hidden Manna and will have the stone with his name.
Where is the hidden manna?
It was placed in the ark of the covenant and is therefore in the very
presence of God.
This stone is likened to being a VIP and having exclusive privileges.
It is like holding a season ticket to an exclusive box seating area
with all the benefits.
How about you? Do you sell out
church for your worldly comforts and desires?
Do you sell out Gods people, as Balaam did, for this worlds
reputation or treasures?
The Church At Thyatira (Rev 2.18-29; 1 Tim 2.12)
– This Church is a church filled
with false doctrine. Notice that
in this Church is Jezebel and she is teaching.
I notice here that Jezebel is a woman and has taken up teaching and
its authority. The New Testament states,
1 Timothy 2:12
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but
to be in silence.
Women are to teach other women to love God and their homes, but they are not
to teach men. I find it
remarkable that this false doctrine ignores God’s Word as many in our day
Jezebels False teachings led Israel to worship Baal and to sacrifice their
first born children to this satanic false God.
Many Churches in our day call sin and inequity right.
Many are calling evil good and good evil.
who does not hold to these false doctrines, but keeps the works of God unto
the end shall rule the nations and will be given the morning star (vs
The Church At Sardis (Rev 3.1-6; 1 John 3.1-3)
This Church is a Church with defiling sin in their midst, notice,
Thou hast a few names even in Sardis
which have not
defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for
they are worthy.
These are defiled, what was the root cause of their defilement?
Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and
If therefore thou
shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not
know what hour I will come upon thee.
They are not watching and expecting the soon coming of our Lord.
Expectation, anticipation of the soon coming of the Lord is pivotal
for our Christian walk.
1 John 3:1-3
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should
be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it
knew him not. 2 Beloved, now
are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we
know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him
as he is. 3
And every man that
hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
The Overcomer (vs 5)
will be clothed with white and will have his name called out before God.
If we are truly watching for our Lord then we will insist upon our
The Church At Philadelphia (Rev 3.7-13) –
These faithful Christians struggle with deceivers in their midst (vs 9) they
call themselves God’s people but are not.
This would be similar to those who call themselves Christians but
have never truly been redeemed.
But our Lord says He will give them deliverance if they hold on faithfully
to His Word (vs 10).
I sense in this statement about holding on to our Lord Word a struggle to
hold on to the inerrant, infallible Word of God, as we see in our day with
so many Bible versions and so much confusion about the actual Word of God.
The Overcomer (vs 12)
will be a pillar in the temple of
God, and that pillar will have a glorious name written on it.
My friends he that cleaves to the foundation of the Word of God will
be foundational in the temple of God in eternity to come.
This is good reason to cleave to the Word of God.
The Church Of The Laodicea (Rev 3.14-19) –
It is VERY IMPORTANT to notice the change in verbiage for Laodicea.
This is not the Church in or at Laodicea, it is the Church
Laodiceans. Now look at verse
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open
I will come in to
him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
This is the Church where Christ is on the outside knocking to get in.
They are certainly religious, they were likely compassionate, but
they are Christless in their Church life.
The Church belongs to the people rather than the people becoming a
part of a Church that belongs to Christ.
I would say that this very likely the democratic Church that
permeates our American culture.
As a matter of our text the name Laodicea means “of the people.”
How did Christ get evicted from this Church?
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of
and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind,
Their prosperity and riches led them to the place where they really did not
need God and do not rely upon God.
They are their own God’s.
The Overcomer (vs 21)
will find redemption in our Lord Jesus Christ and will be with Him, where
His throne is. One could easily say the overcomer will truly be born again.
So we have survey the Seven Churches of the Revelation and notice their
differing struggles and downfalls.
Yet the recurring theme of this Church age from this text is that one
can and must
We must all be overcomers.
It is very important to note that God, nowhere in these two chapters says,
leave the Church and just be a Church unto yourself.
Instead He says in essence, be in your Church and overcome in the
midst of your Church and its trials.
As a matter of the Word of God we are told,
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some
is; but exhorting
and so much the
more, as ye see the day approaching.
The Church Age, according to God’s revealed description of the things which
are, will be replete with all kind of struggle and challenges.
There is failing love, there are false teachers, there are greedy
prophets, there is severe persecution, there will be sin and iniquity all
right inside the Church. There
will even be unsaved people who will say they are saved.
Yet in the midst of it all the Church is God’s plan to bring the
gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world.
CrossRoads Baptist Church, Nov 8, 2014 Evening
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