To the Church Called LifePoint
It’s one thing for you to evaluate your own spiritual progress. It’s another thing altogether to have Jesus give His critique of how you’re doing. Sometimes the truth hurts. If Jesus were to write a letter to you about what He thinks of your devotion to Him, what would He say? And since you’re more than an individual—you’re part of a church—what would He say to you and to the rest of us? Would He praise us or express His displeasure? Or both? What would Jesus say to the church called LifePoint?
If Jesus wrote a letter of spiritual evaluation to you, what would He say? And what might He say if Jesus wrote a letter to LifePoint Church?
There’s no quick way to do this, so prepare to read, write, and observe. Read Revelation chapters 2-3. Which seven churches does Jesus address in these short letters? Which ones does He praise and in which does He highlight problems?
Looking at an overview of the seven churches in Revelation 2-3, what kinds of things does Jesus praise? What kinds of things does Jesus criticize?
Give your thoughts on the following statement: The health of a church is directly related to the health of its people.
Jesus’ solution for those churches He criticizes is that they repent (Rev. 2:5, 16, 21, 22, 3:3, 19). What is repentance? Why is repentance essential in our fellowship with Jesus? When is the last time you repented of something?
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