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Christ’s Call to Holiness Has Never Changed: Probably the most succinct statement to these people came in Paul’s letter to the Galatian churches. Galatia was about as close to Thyatira as Chicago is to us. The road between these two urban areas was safe, clear, and heavily traveled. By the time of Christ’s letter to this church, Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians was known, read, taught, and most likely, this portion memorized.
Living in the Present Based upon the Past: How did I get saved? By trusting, believing, clinging to the truth that Jesus Christ took my sins, and stood in my place and bore the punishment of God’s wrath I deserved. The guiltless One took my guilt; the sinless One took my sin; the Holy One took my wretchedness, and on and on we could go. But did I see Him there personally? No, it was by what? Yes, faith. I believed the truth of God’s Word and God changed me forever. The same way we were saved is the same way we live the rest of our lives.
Part Three: Seek Christ’s Approval v. 19.
Your deeds word: erga
Your love word: agapen (only church w/love)
Your faith. Greek word: pistos = faithfulness, loyalty, fidelity
Your service. Greek word: diakonian = yes, deacon ministry as a servant.
Your perseverance. Greek word: hupomone = to abide under, steadfast endurance.
Your deeds of late greater = wow!
Lesson #3: The Christian life is a life of growth, deeds, love, faith, service, perseverance and growth. If it’s alive, there’s growth or you’re sick.
I Thessalonians 2:13 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other,
This church, called from darkness to light at salvation, saved from the power of Satan and transformed into saints of God was slipping.