• Revelation 2-3: God has a message for each particular church age. It doesn't reference periods of time but the proof we are living in the last age is at the end of chapter 3 where God talks about the Laodiceans church being lazy and self-reliant. That is us--we live in the church age where people don't think they need God anymore and have enough material goods to endure.
  • Therefore, today's prevailing church message is: the call to repent of self-reliance and turn to God, to get victory over the flesh, and suffer with the saints.

  • We're not Savior-reliant like we are self-reliant. When's the last time you planned for your death?
  • Look to God before tackling your problem instead of just tackling your problem. If you first seek the Kingdom of God, God says her all your needs will always be sufficiently taken care of. NOTE: It is impossible for God to lie.
  • TODAY'S CHURCH MISSION focuses on: the distraction of the church for the quest of convenience. We just hate to be inconvenienced.
  • Psalm 73:3: We sometimes envy lost people. This psalmist looked at and wanted the riches of the wicked and the foolish of this world.
  • Proverbs 11:24: We should look to bless everyone we come across. We should scatter blessings at those who wrong or trespass against us

  • 2 Corinthians 9:6: Anything you do for Christ you should do cheerfully. Consider the simplest things you do for the Lord and not man: vacuuming, making dinner, etc...

  • Luke 6:38: How can others see God's goodness if they don't see it performed though us?