Sermons

Thyatira—Finding Jesus (Revelation 2:18-29)

The church is a mess, but it’s where we find Jesus.

I.    THE CHURCH IS MESSY (VV. 19-24)
    A.    Jezebel (vv. 19-22)
    B.    Those Who Put Up With Her (vv. 20-23)
    C.    Those Who Resist Her (vv. 19, 24)

II.    JESUS IS FOUND IN THE MIDST OF A MESSY CHURCH (VV. 18-24; REVELATION 1:12-20)
    A.    Where Jesus is Found (v. 18; 1:12-13)
    B.    The Prophet Who Knows All and Speaks the Truth (v. 18-19, 23)
    C.    The King Who Conquers Enemies and Delivers His People (vv. 22-23, 26-28; cf. Numbers 24:17)
    D.    The Gentle Priest Who Listens to Repentance (v. 21, 24)

III.    OUR ONLY HOPE IS TO HOLD ON TO JESUS
    A.    Only… Hold On (v. 25)
    B.    By Surrendering…
        1.    Your Heart (Ephesus and Sardis)
        2.    Your Mind (Pergamum and Laodicea)
        3.    Your Life (Smyrna and Philadelphia)
    C.    Three Models for Holding On
        1.    Preaching of the Word (Mind)
        2.    Baptism (Life)
        3.    The Lord’s Supper (Heart)