- FDD33 Pursue a Clear Head
- FDD18 God Saw
- FDD12 Prayer Without Repentance
- FDD06 See The Needs
- Fifty Days of Desperation
- FDD01 Rejoice!
- FDD02: Are You Listening?
- FDD03: The Gift of Desperation
- FDD04: Do What God Requires
- FDD05 Turning Away
- FDD07 Be Dilligent
- FDD08 In His Presence
- FDD09 Waiting For God
- FDD10 Waiting on God – Abraham
- FDD11 Waiting on God – Isaac
- FDD13 Needing to Be Broken
- FDD15 Content in His Presence
- FDD16 A Word of Rescue
- FDD17 Not With Our Wisdom
- FDD19 God Answered
- FDD20 Centered On The Lord
- FDD21 The Theme of Scripture
- FDD22 In the Spirit of The Lord
- FDD27 in His Hands
- FDD29 Those Few Sheep
- FDD31 What To Pray For
- FDD32 Get Back to Church Gatherings
In Revelation 1:20 reveals something phenomenal. John was exiled on Patmos because preaching the gospel had gotten unpopular. It always went against the culture, but, in an increasingly familiar twist, now the culture went against the gospel.
Does that sound familiar? Not long ago the church struggled to communicate the necessity of the gospel in a religious society. Then it struggled to communicate the uniqueness in a religiously pluralistic society. Now it struggles to communicate the gospel in a religiously hostile society. In other words we’ve gone from thinking everybody knew the gospel, to thinking everyone misunderstands the gospel, to thinking everyone is against the gospel.
Had Jesus abandoned his church? What was God doing while the church was struggling? Before the curtain rolls back to reveal the future, John sees instead something even more astounding: Jesus as he is.
Glorious? Yes. Praise Him for that.
Amazing? Yes. Praise Him for that.
Present? Oh, Yes. Jesus is present in his church. In his right hand, the place of authority, power, grace, and utility Jesus holds his messengers in the church – the pastors, preachers, teachers, and proclaimers of his word. Moreoever, when John turned around the first thing he saw was seven lampstands (v12), these are the churches, and Jesus walks among them.
The majestic Christ is in the midst of His church! We do not come into his presence when we come to the building that houses our worship, we are already in his presence and we unite in worship.
Come. Let us worship Jesus.