Florida Conference 2007. The Church of Laodicea. Part 4.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Point 1 – This statement from a believer in the cosmic system indicates scar tissue of the soul.
Point 2 – This is the Laodicean syndrome, a lifestyle of making wrong decisions.
Point 3 – They have reacted, a reaction caused by involvement in the cosmic system.
Point 4 – From their own decisions, the Laodicean believers have succumbed to cosmic evangelism.
Point 5 – Whatever spiritual advances had been made in the past, these were now neutralized by the cosmic system.

One thing about cosmic evangelism, if it comes through prosperity, it always means that you leave behind old friends.

Point 6 – Those who are lukewarm in Laodicea also have rejected the authority of such Pastors such as Epaphras, Timothy, Mark and John.

If John was there, they would have accepted John, because of his assimilating personality.
Epaphras was a very solid, stable type of person.

Timothy was young and enthusiastic, and had a tendency to make wild mistakes.
John Mark was impulsive, but strong,

Peter – impulsive
Andrew – open-minded
James – fanatical
John – passionate
Philip – inquisitive
Bartholomew – composed

Matthew – humble
Thomas – pessimist
James {the son} of Alphaeus – quiet
Simon the Zealot – strong-willed
Judas (son of James) – intense
Judas – traitor.

What you want to pay attention to is character, and attitude, not intellectual ability only.

They were available, they were flexible, they were teachable, and they were dependable.

“The Master Plan of Evangelism” by Robert Coleman has done a wonderful job explaining how Jesus worked with His twelve.

Tax collectors are lumped together with harlots, MAT 21:31, Gentiles, MAT 18:17.

Learn to look past someone’s reputation and see him or her as a potential disciple.

“Jesus saw His men not as what they were, but as what they were to become”

He was bold, confident, courageous, frank, impulsive, energetic, vigorous, strong, and loving, and faithful to his Master in spite of his defection prior to the crucifixion.

Andreas = “manly” – also interpreted as “the mighty one, or conqueror”

Another feature in Andrew was, though not so qualified for public usefulness as some, he was as eager as any to win souls in private to Jesus.

James was the son of Zebedee and the elder brother of John.

These three alone of the apostles were present at the raising of Jairus’ daughter, LUK 8:51, at the Transfiguration, MAT 17:1-8, and at the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, MAT 26:36-46.

It was probably this hotheaded rashness and fanaticism that won for them the surname “Boanerges, Sons of Thunder,” bestowed on them when they were ordained to the Twelve, MAR 3:17.

John and James both were men of considerable wealth which may be assumed from the fact that they had “hired servants” with them and also John’s wife was one of those women who ministered of their substance to Jesus and His disciples, MAT 27:55-56.

John was a young man of fiery zeal, and of a tendency toward intolerance and exclusiveness.

John was in the inner circle of the disciples, nearest of all to Jesus; he was called, “the disciple whom Jesus loved,” JOH 13:23; 19:26; 20:2; 21:7,20, and, because of that love, became the apostle of love.

John was one of the two who wished to call down fire from heaven on the Samaritan village, LUK 9:54.
John was also one of those who desired one of the chief places in the kingdom, MAR 10:37.

He was the one who wanted to forbid certain men from casting out demons in the name of Jesus because they didn’t follow Jesus, MAR 9:38.

John was a young man of fiery zeal, and of a tendency toward intolerance and exclusiveness.

Never forget that love itself has its side of vehemence and passion, and the intensity of love toward a person or a cause may be measured by the intensity of antagonism and of disdain toward those who try to hurt the object of their love.

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