Wake Up Call

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Sun, May 23, 2021

Teacher: Yale Wall Series: Stand Alone Sermons Scripture: Revelation 2:2-5

MAY 23, 2021

WAKE UP CALL


Revelation 2:2-5
2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. 3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. 5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.


Lack of Discipline


LAZINESS

1 Corinthians 9:27
No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.


TIME MANAGEMENT

1 Timothy 4:7-8
7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

Matthew 6:21
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


WORK ETHIC

2 Thessalonians 3:6-10
6 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”



Focus on Your Preference
 Over Valuing People in the Church


RESPECT FOR OTHER PEOPLE

 

1 Corinthians 13:1
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.


TRIBALIZING PEOPLE

 

Proverbs 18:19
A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city; disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.


JUDGING PEOPLE

Romans 2:1
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things



Inward Focus 
Instead of Outward Focus


ONLY LOOKING AT YOURSELF

Philippians 2:3-4
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.


TRUSTING IN EARTHLY THINGS

 

Psalm 33:20
We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.

Psalm 25:1
In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.

Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 1:1-3
1 Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.


LOSING OUR LOVE FOR THE GOSPEL

Revelation 2:4-5a
4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. 5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.

Romans 1:16-17a
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed

 

 

 

Connection Card

Lack of Discipline

  • Laziness
  • Time Management
  • Work Ethic

Focus on Preference over People 
in the Church

  • Respect for Other People
  • Tribalizing
  • Judging People

Inward Focus
 Instead of Outward Focus

  • Only Looking At Yourself
  • Trusting in Earthly Things
  • Losing Love for the Gospel
 

 

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