It will take me three sermons to cover all the points from Rev 2 & 3. Here is point #1 in this topical study:
1. GOD WANTS A CHURCH THAT IS ENERGETIC, ZEALOUS, & TIRELESS IN LABOR.
Proof seen in commendations (+) and condemnations (-):
EPHESUS: (+)2:2 – “your labor”
(+)2:3 – “have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary”
THYATIRA: (+)2:19 – “service…and as for your works, the last are more than the first.”
SARDIS: (-)3:1 – “you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.”
LAODICEA: (-)3:16 – “because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth”
(+)3:19 – “be zealous”
We see more proof from elsewhere in the NT:
I Thess. 1:3
I Cor. 15:58
APPLY: What about our congregation? Are we energetic, zealous, & tireless in labor? How can we do better? What would Jesus say specifically to this congregation today?