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Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

When Jesus Observes Our Hearts, Part 3 of 3 (What Jesus Thinks of His Church)

April 22, 2013

It might be said that the church in America has never been as rich in wealth, while at the same time as poor in spiritual power. This indictment was handed down by Jesus to the ancient church at Laodicea. He may have had our day in mind when He said, “Because you say I’m rich…you don’t know that you are wretched, miserable, blind and naked.”  So what remedy did He give them?

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No one likes lukewarm food or beverages. Hot or cold is much better. Jesus said as much when evaluating the lukewarm Laodicean church in Revelation 3. But His tough love included a gracious offer—a way for them to regain their lost fervor. His rebuke and chastening would lead to renewal and power for them, and even for us.  
April 19, 2013
Some Bible scholars see a progression as Jesus evaluates seven successive churches in the book of Revelation. They see the passing of history, with each church representing an era of time. If this is the case, we may be living in the last era—part of a church Jesus says He will spew out of his mouth. Is your church spiritually hot, or, like the one at Laodicea, merely lukewarm?
April 18, 2013
When churches check themselves against those listed in Revelation 2 and 3, there’s one church they want to be like. The church at Philadelphia earned high marks from Jesus for its faithfulness and its vision. They persevered, they kept His Word, and they never denied His name. Take a look at the importance of vision, and going through the open doors Jesus sets before us.   
April 17, 2013
In what is now Turkey, the ancient church at Philadelphia earned a commendation from Jesus for its faithfulness to His name. In today’s world, faithful churches are growing even in hostile places—churches about which Jesus says, “I’ve set before you an open door, and no one can shut it.” Some even come to faith in Christ through dreams which lead them to seek out God’s Word.  
April 16, 2013
Every Christian longs to hear “well done” when they stand before Jesus on Judgment day. The same applies to the local church. Jesus addressed seven churches in the book of Revelation, and often, His words were sharp. But there was one church that received a glowing review. Today, we’ll see why this church was praised, and how churches today can hear those same words of commendation from the Lord.
April 15, 2013
In the final analysis, it won’t matter whether you were rich or poor, famous or unknown. Only one thing will matter: whether you were an overcomer. Jesus makes that clear in His analysis of seven churches in the book of Revelation.  Those who overcome will be given white garments because Jesus will declare them worthy.  
April 12, 2013
Jesus is quite clear about his expectations for every local church. “Be watchful…hold fast what you’ve heard…repent…or else I will come upon you as a thief…” Though He said these words to an ancient church, could He be saying them to your church or mine? 
April 11, 2013
Self-delusion is easy. The addict says, “I can quit anytime,” and believes it. Some churches think all is well because great numbers convince them God is doing a mighty work. Today, we’ll visit an ancient church that Jesus proclaimed to be dead, even though it thought it was alive. Want a reality check for your church?  Stay with us.      
April 10, 2013
The eyes of the risen Jesus are like a flame of fire. They see through our excuses and identify those who have “overcome.” Jesus mentions overcomers many times during his evaluations of seven ancient churches in the book of Revelation. Who they are and what they have overcome is our focus on today’s broadcast. 
April 9, 2013
It takes a lot of gall to celebrate sin and encourage it within the church, and yet this is exactly what happened at Thyatira. Jesus singled it out for words of judgment in the book of Revelation. It had a false prophetess who advocated sexual immorality and idolatry. Today’s false prophets say they hear directly from God, but let’s hear what Jesus thinks.   
April 8, 2013
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Running the race of life is hard. But with the Bible front and center and a heart to encourage, Pastor Erwin Lutzer presents clear Bible teaching, helping you make it across the finish line. Since 2011, this 25-minute program has provided a Godward focus and features listeners’ questions.

About Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church where he served as the Senior Pastor for 36 years (1980-2016). He earned a B.Th. from Winnipeg Bible College, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary LL.D. from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law (Now Trinity Law School).

A clear expositor of the Bible, he is the featured speaker on two radio programs: Running to Win—a daily Bible-teaching broadcast and Songs in the Night—an evening program that’s been airing since 1943. Running To Win broadcasts on a thousand outlets in the U.S. and across more than fifty countries in seven languages. His speaking engagements include Bible conferences and seminars, both domestically and internationally, including Russia, the Republic of Belarus, Germany, Scotland, Guatemala, and Japan. He has led tours to Israel and to the cities of the Protestant Reformation in Europe.

Pastor Lutzer is also a prolific author of over seventy books, including the bestselling We Will Not Be Silenced, One Minute After You Die, and the Gold Medallion Award winner, Hitler’s Cross. Pastor Lutzer and Rebecca live in the Chicago area and have three grown children and eight grandchildren. Connect with Pastor Lutzer on X (@ErwinLutzer) or moodymedia.org.

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