Sunday, April 24, 2016

If Jesus Wrote a Letter to Your Church

In Revelation 2-3, Jesus wrote letters to seven churches in different cities. These letters (recorded by the apostle John) were to be delivered to those churches so they could make corrections. It made we wonder—what would He write to today’s churches? What would He say in a letter to me? Here are some facts about those letters:

1. Each church had an opinion about itself that was inaccurate. “Groupthink” is conformity of thinking within a group and doesn’t allow differing points of view. Laodicea thought they were wealthy and had no needs. Jesus corrected them, “You don’t know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked” (Rev. 3:17).
2. Jesus praised them for what they were doing right. He told the church at Ephesus, “I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate evil…and have not grown weary” (Rev. 2:2-3).
3. Jesus rebuked them for what they were doing wrong. He also told Ephesus, “But I have this against you, you have abandoned the love you had at first” (Rev. 2:4)
4. Jesus told them how to make corrections. “Remember how far you have fallen, repent, and do the works you did at first” (Rev. 2:5).

IF JESUS WROTE CHURCHES TODAY He might say this (proceed with caution!)
To the Liberal church: “I know your compassion for all broken and rejected people, and will accept them into your church. But I have this against you—you have ignored My Word about the need for repentance and you will not allow Me to change their hearts.”
To the Traditional church: “I know that you do not compromise My Word, that you are teaching it to all age groups in your Sunday School classes, and you support missions. But I have this against you—you hold on to man-made traditions, which prevents Me from making changes that you desperately need.”
To the Contemporary church: “I know that have changed the atmosphere to make your church more inviting to the younger generation. You’ve updated your music, made your sanctuaries more comfortable, and even serve donuts and coffee. But I have this against you—entertaining the congregation has become more important than worshipping Me. Your music production and movie clips have become idols. Your congregation is spiritually shallow and you are not making disciples.”

IF JESUS WROTE A LETTER TO YOU: “I know that you call yourself My follower and attend church every week. But I have this against you—social media is more important to you than reading my Word. You're more interested in being popular than pleasing Me.”

Okay, I’ll admit that I’m just speculating about what He might say. Your church might be perfect. Or it might need a letter written to it.  
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