- pleasing the crowd
- bad doctrine
- cheap love
- Insincerity: pray and worship
(1) Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7) – the church that had forsaken its first love (2:4).
(2) Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17) – the church that needed to repent (2:16).
(3) Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29) – the church that had a false prophetess (2:20).
(4) Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6) – the church that had fallen asleep (3:2).
(6) Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22) – the church with the lukewarm faith (3:16).
Next year you will not be the same as you are now.
Acts 2:42 (MSG)
41-42 That day about three thousand took him at his word, were baptized and were signed up. They committed themselves to the (1) teaching of the apostles, (2) the life together, (3) the common meal, (4) and the prayers.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
John 13:34-38 (NLT)
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
- Purposeful Sound Doctrine
Bible reading and study.
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” —1 Thessalonians 5:11
1 Corinthians 15:3–4
For l delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day pin accordance with the Scriptures,
“Make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.” —2 Peter 1:5–7
- Cooperative community
“Live in harmony with one another.” —Romans 12:16
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.” —Ecclesiastes 4:9
“Outdo one another in showing honor.” —Romans 12:10
Philippians 1:27 (KJV)
Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
“Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” —Colossians 3:13
“Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some.” Hebrews 10:25
Paul’s Final Advice
12 Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. 13 Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other.
14 Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.
15 See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.
16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
19 Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. 20 Do not scoff at prophecies, 21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good. 22 Stay away from every kind of evil.
Paul’s Final Greetings
23 Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. 24 God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.
25 Dear brothers and sisters, pray for us.
The Harvest Time Has Come
Mark 4:26-29New Living Translation (NLT)
Parable of the Growing Seed
26 Jesus also said, “The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens.28 The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens. 29 And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest time has come.”