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Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

When Jesus Observes Our Holiness #2 of 3

May 1, 2009
It takes a lot of gall to celebrate sin and encourage it within the church. Yet this is exactly what happened at Thyatira. This church was one of seven singled out by Jesus 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. Now, let's hear what Jesus thinks.

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Mention "holiness" to many people, and they immediately envision someone locked up in a monastery or perhaps a convent. But holiness really means being set apart, or separated from sin and unto God. This standard is not an option for a child of God: He expects us to live pure lives. One of the seven churches Jesus addressed in Revelation was targeted for its failure to be holy.
April 30, 2009
The church shines brightest when it's seen in dark places. Jesus commended local churches that held fast to truth. He addressed seven local churches in the book of Revelation, and spoke there of those who "overcome." So, who are the overcomers? Can you and I be overcomers and receive the promises only overcomers can claim? Today: more lessons from a place called Pergamum.
April 29, 2009
In elementary school, teachers drive home the concepts of the ABC's, numbers, and how to read and write. Teachers play a crucial role in the formation of our youth. In the same way, Bible teachers have enormous influence on members of a church. False doctrines can be easily spread. Today, listen as Jesus tells an ancient church to reject the teachings he hates.
April 28, 2009
From the earliest days of the church, a battle has raged: a battle to protect the truth from an onslaught of false teaching. In the book of Revelation, Jesus singled out the church at Pergamum in what is now Turkey. In the strongest terms, he decried their willingness to adopt false teachings: teachings advocating immorality. Could this happen today? To find out, stay with us.
April 27, 2009
In the game Monopoly, there's a "Get Out of Jail Free" card that let's you avoid the prison you probably deserve. But in the church of Jesus, persecution is assured, and there is no "Get Out of Jail Free" card. In fact, Jesus urges us to be faithful unto death, that we might obtain the crown of life. It's not a promise of health and wealth, but it is a promise of eventual triumph.
April 24, 2009
Is there anything for which you would give your life? The early followers of Jesus often had to give theirs as martyrs. The word martyr simply means "witness." In many places, being a witness for Christ can cost you your life. Jesus knows every time one of His followers makes the supreme sacrifice, and today, he commends a church willing to follow Him even to death.
April 23, 2009
We don't know a lot about the New Testament church at Smyrna in what is now modern Turkey. There's no record of its founding. But what we do know speaks volumes about the opinion Jesus had of this church, and the opinion he has of our churches today. Few of us face the persecution inflicted on the followers of Jesus at Smyrna. What would happen if we did?
April 22, 2009
Jesus has clear expectations of his followers, and of his local churches. It's our job to make sure He's pleased. His words to seven churches in Revelation describe conditions no different than those we face today. And the response Jesus wanted to see from them is the response he desires from us: repentance where necessary, and a resumption of doing the works he approves.
April 21, 2009
"I have good news, and I have bad news." We've all heard this before, wondering which news it's better to hear first. Jesus had words for seven churches in the early chapters of the book of Revelation. For the first church, his message was a mix of good and bad. He gave the good news first, but then expressed his judgment on a matter he felt was crucial.
April 20, 2009
New Christians often have a radiant love for Jesus. Sadly, as time passes, that love sometimes cools. In the first century AD, Ephesus was a major city along the coast of what is now Turkey. Acts 18 tells of Paul's founding of its local church. Later, Jesus commended the Ephesian church, but then chastised them for leaving their first love. What would he say about your church?
April 17, 2009
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Have you ever tried to put a puzzle together without looking at the picture on the box? These messages will help you see the big picture of the puzzle we call the Bible, with the Bible's 66 books being the puzzle's pieces. As we survey key events throughout the Old and New Testaments, we'll better understand the story of redemption as revealed to us in the Scriptures. The series culminates in an overview of the vital but often misunderstood book of Revelation as we together look forward to Christ's return. Click below to receive this CD series for a gift of any amount or call Moody Church Media at 1.800.215.5001.

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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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