Lessons from Laodicea

Lessons from Laodicea

The Men of Harvest Community Church recently sat down to observe Revelation 3:14-22. This passage calls us to end our self-sufficiency and return to dependence on Christ.

7 Observations from Revelation 3:14-22:

1. The church was indistinguishable from the culture around it. The inactivity of the church mirrored the lukewarm water that flowed into Laodicea.


2. Jesus is disgusted by lukewarm churches that are content with spiritual inactivity.


3. The church was lulled into a sense of self-sufficiency. They thought they had all they needed and so had lost their dependence on Jesus.


4. The church had become blind to their true condition. Without Jesus we are wretched. Without Jesus we are miserable. Without Jesus we are poor. Without Jesus we are blind. Without Jesus we are naked.


5. Prayerlessness is the mark of Laodicea. Prayer demonstrates our need for Jesus.


6. Jesus invites the church to go to Him before their condition is publically revealed. Jesus invites the church to come and be healed from their blindness.


7. Jesus stands outside the church asking to come in for fellowship.

Periodically, the Men of Harvest Community Church come together to observe a portion of Scripture for edification and encouragement. Grab your Bible and see what we see!

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Sexual Purity in the Church

Sexual Purity in the Church

The Men of Harvest Community Church recently sat down to observe 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8. The passage encourages us to fight for sexual purity in a culture crafted to cause us to fall.

5 Observations from 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8:

1. The early church addressed sexual purity with its members. They recognized that the surrounding culture of convenient sex placed Christians in a daily battle to choose purity over impurity.


2. This passage offers explicit direction that Pornea (here translated sexual immorality) displeases Jesus. Jesus, through Paul, is giving Christians a clear command to choose sanctification and honor over pornea.


3. Jesus leaves no room for misunderstanding. “Sexual immorality” covers the physical acts, “lustful passion” covers the inward thoughts and desires, and “impurity” covers the unclean results. Jesus does not want us walking in these areas.


4. Jesus admonishes each of us to tailor our defense against sexual sin by pursuing bodily sanctification and bodily honor. More than giving us a list of “don’ts” He tells us what to pursue.


5. There are at least 2 people involved when we engage in immorality—either physically or mentally. Jesus warns us that He watches us and will avenge those wronged by us. God is concerned about the relational impact of our sexual sin. Sexual sin is not harmless.

Periodically, the Men of Harvest Community Church come together to observe a portion of Scripture for edification and encouragement. Grab your Bible and see what we see!

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