In this sermon, Pastor Jonathan introduces the Book of Revelation and kicks off our series on the seven letters to the seven churches. As we examine these letters, we learn that it matters to Jesus a great deal what happens in the local church. He takes an interest; he leans in; and he watches and tracks and keeps up with what’s going on, and he has thoughts about local churches.
To the Church at Ephesus
January 3, 2021 • Jonathan Parnell
To the Church in Laodicea
February 14, 2021 • Kevin Kleiman
In this sermon, Pastor Kevin examines the final letter from Jesus in the book of Revelation, the letter to the Laodiceans. This letter contains the harshest rebuke of any of the seven letters. Jesus makes clear that the Christians in this region (that see themselves as rich and privileged) are, in actuality, poor and wretch. The symptom is lukewarmness, a variation of Christianity that, quite frankly, is repulsive to Jesus. The cause of this problem is a lack of true love for Jesus, fueled by a lack of communion with Jesus. The cure is personal communion time with Jesus. In this message, Pastor Kevin exhorts us to consider what our time with Jesus has been like? Ask yourself, "Have I spent time seeking Him, seeking to know him deeper?" If no, know that Jesus gracious invites you to return to him, and in so doing, because Christ is our Great Physician, the dangers of the disease of lukewarmness fade away as our souls burn brightly in the presence of our King.
To the Church at Philadelphia
February 7, 2021 • Kenneth Ortiz
In this sermon, Pastor Kenny examines the sixth letter from Jesus in the book of Revelation. In this letter Jesus praises the church of Philadelphia for their faithfulness and Jesus makes several promises to them. He promises to open the door of the family of God, and no one can shut the door. Jesus promises to protect the believers, to vindicate the believers, and strengthen the believers. Jesus reminds us that when we feel like we don’t measure up, we can remind ourselves that we are the ones that he loves! Jesus loves us, and he demonstrated that love at the cross. This sermon closes with an illustration from the movie "Toy Story" that illustrates the truth that Jesus owns us and he promises to write his own name upon us.
To the Church at Sardis
January 31, 2021
In this sermon, Pastor Ryan examines the church at Sardis in Revelation 3. The church was once vibrant and faithful and missional, and developed a strong reputation. However, Jesus sends a message to the church to warn them that they are dead, even though they have a reputation of being "alive." The church at Sardis still had some faithful people, but the church largely had lost its faithfulness and fidelity to the gospel. Jesus tells them that if they do not wake up, he will come to them like a "thief in the night." This is a cautionary tale for us, and with it comes an exhortation for all believers to remain faithful to Christ.