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Pastor Ben Koole : Lights Out

End of Daze · 43:15 · Recorded June 12, 2022

Lights Out

Revelation 3:1-6 (ESV) 1“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. “ ‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. 3Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you. 4Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. 5The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. 6He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

• The Church was made to shine light in the darkness.

Revelation 1:20 (NIV) The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV) 14“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Three signs you’ve turned out the lights

1. You are unconcerned about the enemy.

Ephesians 6:10-12 (CSB) 10Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. 12For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.

2. Your reputation is greater than your daily witness.

3. You are neglecting daily habits of holiness.

1 Peter 2:11-12 (NIV) Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

Staying awake in spiritual darkness

1. You “wake up” by closing your fist around the gospel.

2. You “watch” when you prepare to contribute in response to evil.

Romans 12:19-21 (NIV) 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

3. You “repent” by actively confronting personal sin with new obedience.

Talk It Over

The beginning of the Revelation of Jesus Christ gives us this promise, “3Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” Read aloud again the description of Jesus in Revelation 1:12-18 and take a moment to take to heart what you hear.
Pastor Ben shared three signs that you’ve turned the lights out and are sleeping on Christ’s calling. Which of these three signs is the easiest to slip into? Are you presently asleep to your calling as a Christian?

Jesus describes the Church as the light of the world pointing people to our heavenly Father. We bear witness to Him by doing good deeds in the name of Jesus. Who in your life needs your witness?

You can contribute to the lives of others through acts of service, words of encouragement, quality time, sharing the Gospel, or moments of hospitality. What do you think the Holy Spirit is leading you to contribute to the lives of the non-Christians you know?

Why do you think so many Christians wait for a hard moment before they remember the Gospel? What can you do to keep the good news that we are right with God through the cross of Christ on the forefront of your mind?

Parents: Take time this week to talk to your kids about what it means to share and show Jesus’ love to others. As a family think of some ways you can show Jesus’ love. Some examples are treating friends kindly, helping a friend in need, praying for a friend, or inviting a friend to church. Once you have some ideas, talk through ways you can do them and put your plan into action.

The beginning of the Revelation of Jesus Christ gives us this promise, “3Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” Read aloud again the description of Jesus in Revelation 1:12-18 and take a moment to take to heart what you hear.
Pastor Ben shared three signs that you’ve turned the lights out and are sleeping on Christ’s calling. Which of these three signs is the easiest to slip into? Are you presently asleep to your calling as a Christian?

Jesus describes the Church as the light of the world pointing people to our heavenly Father. We bear witness to Him by doing good deeds in the name of Jesus. Who in your life needs your witness?

You can contribute to the lives of others through acts of service, words of encouragement, quality time, sharing the Gospel, or moments of hospitality. What do you think the Holy Spirit is leading you to contribute to the lives of the non-Christians you know?

Why do you think so many Christians wait for a hard moment before they remember the Gospel? What can you do to keep the good news that we are right with God through the cross of Christ on the forefront of your mind?

Parents: Take time this week to talk to your kids about what it means to share and show Jesus’ love to others. As a family think of some ways you can show Jesus’ love. Some examples are treating friends kindly, helping a friend in need, praying for a friend, or inviting a friend to church. Once you have some ideas, talk through ways you can do them and put your plan into action.

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