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Thought for the Week – W/C -31st July 2023


Seven Values of the Church

The number 7 is an important one in Scripture.
In Hebrew it is the number of perfection & completion.
The book of Revelation is a piece of Scripture that is soaked in 7’s.
7 Spirits, stars, lampstands, churches, letters, angels, seals, trumpets, signs & bowls.
In the NKJV Bible 7 is mentioned 36 times in this prophetic book.

There are also 7 major players as the events of salvation history are highlighted:
– Christ, the bride, New Jerusalem, the harlot, Babylon, the beast & Satan.
The 7 values of the Church of Christ are also revealed through this book.
These 7 Values of the church are love, endurance, pure teaching, holiness, genuineness, evangelism & humility.
They are revealed through the 7 letters to the 7 churches (Revelation 2:1-3:22).

Firstly LOVE where the church in Ephesus is strongly encouraged & exhorted to return to its first love (Revelation 2:1-7).
Love must take first place (the pre-eminence) in all things.

Secondly ENDURANCE (perseverance) where the church in Smyrna is commended for its faithfulness in the midst of severe suffering (Revelation 2:8-11).
Through suffering to glory, just like Christ the saviour.

Thirdly PURE TEACHING (sound doctrine) where the church in Pergamon is gravely warned for compromising its doctrine & drifting away into idolatry & immorality (Revelation 2:12-17).
Truth in our inward being & holding firm to the Word of God.

Fourthly HOLINESS where the church in Thyatira is soundly rebuked for taking on the corrupt & evil ways of a false prophet leading to loose living (Revelation 2:18-29).
How we live matters – be holy as the Lord is holy.

Fifthly GENUINENESS (integrity) where the church in Sardis is gravely warned it is in its death throes because it has lost its distinctive identity ‘In Christ’ (Revelation 3:1-6).
Identity ‘In Christ’ & integrity before the Lord & others is so important.

Sixthly EVANGELISM where the church in Philadelphia is praised for its brotherly love & faithfulness to make known the gospel message (Revelation 3:7-13).
A heart for the lost, the least, the lonely & the last is crucial. Staying missional for we are ever on the Missio Dei (Mission of God).

Seventhly HUMILITY where the church in Laodicea is greatly chastised for resting on its laurels in luke warmness.
In its supposed riches & self-sufficiency it has forgotten the kingdom call for justice (Revelation 3:14-22).
Humbly submitting unto the Lord & recognising our need of him each & every day. Humility is the way of Christ that we must follow & tread.

Take one of these seven passages each day of this next week & ask the Lord to speak to you through it.

LET US HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT IS SAYING TO THE CHURCH, & OUR LIVES, IN THIS DAY. SELAH

For Reflection

  • How is my life, & the church I attend, revealing these values?
  • Which of these values am I strongest & weakest in?
  • Where do I need to grow & mature in relation to these values?
  • Meditate upon the 7 perfect & complete values of Christ’s Church.

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Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You love, care for, provide & protect,
The Church, & every member within it, that you love so dearly.
Jesus, The Lion & the Lamb, our forever Saviour,
Teach us to faithfully walk in your will, word & ways.
Holy Spirit keep us living out the values of Christ,
And staying true to Your Word as worshippers of God & witnesses of the Gospel.
In Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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