Before we jump into Revelation, a brief history lesson about our church . . .
This church (Dover A/G) in various forms and under different leadership has been around for quite a while. If we study this church’s history a bit, we’ll see that in 1930, Charles Crone held evangelistic meetings in a tent in Rossville. The purpose was to reach lost people. From this meeting and it’s continued outreach, this church was formed.
Then we became a fully functional church in 1940.
What was the purpose in 1940? To reach lost people and have a home from which they discipled the new believers. That vision has not changed in 80+ years. The buildings, paint, carpeting wording may have changed and the methods may have changed over the years, but the vision and goal is the same.
As evidenced by our current vision: Connect, Grow, Serve, Go, Worship
Each describing a pattern of discipleship. We will preach on that later, but I said that to say this: If we lose that vision and goal, then we become like this last church.
So now we come to Laodicea. This was a church that had lost its vision and purpose. We’ll see that rather than being a change agent designed to win the lost, they became a social group that focused more on themselves than others.
I believe that most people know about this church, probably more than the others. You hear about the “Laodiceans”.
Most people know the reference to neither hot or cold so he will spit you out of His mouth, but we are going to go a little further than that.