October 2: Godly Discernment (Revelation 2:18-29)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
This Sunday we will begin a series on personal evangelism at 9:00am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament).
 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: ‘The words of the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze.
 “‘I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first.  But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols.  I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality.  Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works,  and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works.  But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some call the deep things of Satan, to you I say, I do not lay on you any other burden.  Only hold fast what you have until I come.  The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations,  and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father.  And I will give him the morning star.  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
In early 1900’s, G.K. Chesterton wrote,
“Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth: this has been exactly reversed. Nowadays the part of a man that a man does assert is exactly the part he ought not to assert-himself. The part he doubts is exactly the part he ought not to doubt - the Divine Reason.”
In today’s society, perhaps like any other moment in history, to doubt God’s Word is presented as humble. To speak of truth, judgment and salvation in Christ alone is viewed as arrogant and harsh. Christian are constantly pressured to be tolerant to things that God condemns. But Christians are called to love what God loves and condemn what God condemns.
The Church of Thyatira was confronted by the Lord Jesus Christ for its permissive spirit of idolatrous compromise, and it is exhorted to overcome that idolatrous tolerance in order not to be judged. God is a merciful God, so He calls us to repent of our sin. He calls us to obey him and reject evil.
May the Lord give us wisdom and discernment to obey Him and love the nation(s) by proclaiming with both words and actions that Christ is Lord.
Review and Apply
1. Do you think of Christ as weak man walking in Jerusalem or do you ever think of Him as the resurrected Lord of the universe?
2. In what aspect of your life you struggle most to obey God?
3. Is there a particular command from the Lord that you find difficult to follow?
4. Would you confront a church member that you know has profaned the Lord?
5. Do you feel comfortable speaking about truth, judgment and salvation with non-Christian friends?