Sunday Evening 1-27-2013

Posted by Sherry

Romans 7:25
CBC 1/27/2013

INTRO: Why do people crave victory?
maybe b/c of experiencing defeat in life
Col. 3:3 For ye are DEAD...v5 fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence (desires) and covetousness which is idolatry.

people live defeated lives b/c of our SIN NATURE
lust of flesh
lust of eyes
pride of life
b/c of these sins the anger of God is coming
time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language
don’t lie to each other

No wonder people by the millions are looking for the emotional boost of some sort of VICTORY!

Paul’s Deliverance, V25
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

the role of thanksgiving in victory!

Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Much of temptation comes when we are ungrateful. 
Eve could have had everything but the fruit of one tree. 
Many of us dwell on the few things we don’t have and lose the many things we do have.
You want to escape immorality? 
Be grateful for your spouse!
Count your blessings!

This verse is not a declaration of Paul’s defeat. 
He is not saying that he will just keep wanting to do what is right in his heart while he keeps doing what is wrong with his body. 
What he is saying is that he is not giving up the fight!

Greek mythology, to the era of the Argonauts. 
Odysseus is sailing with his crew on a series of dangerous adventures. 
One adventure takes them past the island inhabited by the sirens. 
Now these creatures have the bodies of birds, the heads of women, and very beautiful voices. 
When the sirens begin to sing, passing sailors are so entranced that they rush toward the island in order to encounter these lovely creatures, only to be smashed to pieces and destroyed on the dangerous rocks and the treacherous surf around the island. 
This story is where we get the expression, “the siren voice of pleasure.” the hunger for pleasure is so great that we ignore the perils; 
yet in reaching our desire we find ourselves shipwrecked. 

Now Odysseus didn’t know how he was going to get by. 
There were two ways it could be done. 
First, by equipment. 
Odysseus plugged up all of the sailors’ ears and had them lash him to a mast so he couldn’t move.
But somebody came up with a better idea. 
There was on board the ship a man who was the greatest harp player of them all, Orpheus. 
Orpheus made the most beautiful music on his harp
— far more beautiful than the singing of the sirens. 
Thus as the men listened to the music of Orpheus they were not tempted by the songs of the sirens.
Do I need to interpret the ancient myth? 

What we need in our lives is a passion for something that transcends all of our other passions. 
Then we will hear the voice of God and be unmoved by the siren voices of unregulated passion which would bead us to destruction. 
Then we can satisfy many of those legitimate appetites in their proper order. 
We need to create a relationship with God that is so strong that it can dominate any other passion of life. 
This is the road to mastery.

In his book Forever Triumphant, F.J. Huegel told a story that came out of World War II. After General Jonathan Wainwright was captured by the Japanese, he was held prisoner in a Manchurian concentration camp. 
Cruelly treated, he became “a broken, crushed, hopeless, starving man.” 
Finally the Japanese surrendered and the war ended. 
A United States army colonel was sent to the camp to announce personally to the general that Japan had been defeated and that he was free and in command. 
After Wainwright heard the news, he returned to his quarters and was confronted by some guards who began to mistreat him as they had done in the past. 
Wainwright, however, with the news of the allied victory still fresh in his mind, declared with authority, 
“No, I am in command here! 
These are my orders.” 
Huegel observed that from that moment on, General Wainwright was in control. 
Huegel made this application: 
“Have you been informed of the victory of your Savior in the greatest conflict of the ages? 
Then rise up to assert your rights. 
Never again go under when the enemy comes to oppress. 
Claim the victory in Jesus’ Name.” 
Huegel observed, “We must learn to stand on resurrection ground, reckoning dead the old-creation life over which Satan has power, and living in the new creation over which Satan has no power whatever.”

Sunday Morning 1-27-2013

Posted by Sherry

Exodus 20:1-6 

CBC 1/27/13 
INTRO: DL Moody said, "You don't have to go to heathen lands today to find false gods.
America is full of them. Whatever you make most of is your god. Whatever you love more than God is your idol. 

And God spoke all these words, saying: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. “You shall have no other gods 
before Me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under 
the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God,
am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. (Exodus 20:1-6 NKJV)
To whom do you contribute your time, talent, & treasure?

sports god (how do u fill giant stadiums with people on the Lord's Day, Sunday & get them to buy 
expensive tickets, pay outrageous prices for food, endure uncomfortable seating,
navigate gigantic traffic jam & do it regularly? 
Simple: u indoctrinate them continually in childhood with sports & bait parents with exorbitant salaries for players and coaches & make sports a higher priority than God & 

god of recreation - 
Thrill of victory (discuss that 2nite) 
Carry our stress instead of casting our care on God

god of fashion - more concerned what people will think of them by the way they look 
than what God thinks of them. 
Remember, God sees our heart

The better deal god 
If nothing becomes available that appeals to my flesh I'll try to make it to worship service

god of finance - 
Still worshipping the golden calf 
If a person sells their principles for money, aren't they making money their god? 
If they trust finance to keep them from want & harm...

god of intellect & education 

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am 
become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. (1 Corinthians 13:1 KJV)

god of euphoria (sex, drugs, alcohol...) 
Everybody looking for a high 
2 ways to get one 
devils way & Gods way 

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; (Ephesians 

5:18 KJV) 

god of government & power (Pharaoh)

Made ur family a god? 
(Turned Sunday or part of it into "family"day)

Put self on the throne, pride & ego...Lucifer did that..

These r not gods...they r demons seeking misplaced worship... 
From misguided worshippers! 
Really...ur a demon worshipper?

Can ur god...part the sea? 
Can ur god...bring water from a rock? 
Can ur god...reign fire down out of heaven? 
Can ur god...forgive u of ur sins? 
Can ur god...prepare a beautiful place of rest for u in eternity? 
Did ur god....DIE FOR YOU?

INV: And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord , choose you this day whom ye willserve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of theflood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house,
we will serve the Lord . (Joshua 24:15 KJV) 

Sunday Morning 1-20-2013

Posted by Sherry

The Bitter Root 
Hebrews 12:15 
CBC 1/20/13
OPEN: In Winchester, Ohio there’s a church called the Bethlehem. It’s been in existence for over 150 years, and over the years different events have been recorded in their “history” book. One of their recent ministers was reading back over the different entries in this book when he ran across the following item from the year 1840: 
“We had fighting right here at home. The Democrats and Republicans were so bitter against one another, it broke the church up.”
One eyewitness reported a fist fight over the issue: “Two of our best men fought to a finish. One wanted to know if the other had enough. He said he had, so he let him up.”
(Tom Claibourne, Restoration Herald. Sept. 07)

A fist fight on the church property?
not right
can’t happen at church...can it?
saved people
should be kindest, gentlest, most understanding people you’ve ever met.  
But they aren’t always.

2004 survey: most neglected topic @ seminary 
Conflict management  
(John C. LaRue, Vice President of “Online Services for Christianity Today International”)

why wouldn’t Bible colleges cover that topic?
Perfect churches don’t have conflict
I’m a PK & over 30 yrs in full time ministry...I’ve got experience w/ churches

· Power struggles
· Church splits
· Church members “not speaking to each other”
  • won’t shake hands
  • won’t sit on same side of sanctuary

Why would this happen? 
Why would Christians act like that?
because of something the Bible calls “the root of bitterness”.

Hebrews 12:15 warns the church to “Exercise foresight and be on the watch to look [after one another], to see that no one falls back from and fails to secure God’s grace (His unmerited favor and spiritual blessing), in order that no root of resentment (rancor, bitterness, or hatred) shoots forth and causes trouble and bitter torment, and the many become contaminated and defiled by it—”

Numbers 16.
bunch of really bitter people in the camp of Israel and 
their anger has reached the boiling point.

What’s made them so bitter?
verge of entering the Promised Land. 
Moses selected 12 spies and then sent them in
2 gave favorable report (Nu 14:8)
10 gave unfavorable report 
  • saw the negatives
  • giants
  • city walls
  • possibility of death
  • couldn’t see God
God said, “ok, don’t go in, don’t trust me”
cost: 40 yrs in wilderness
when ur all dead I’ll let ur kids go in
crowd suddenly changed their minds
went across the border w/out God
took a whoopin’ and came back w/ tail between their legs
got angry and blamed Moses, their leader
they’re filled w/ root of bitterness
form a “committee of the concerned”
most are Reubenites (Ruben 1st born of Jacob/Israel)
Moses a Levite (Levi was 3rd born of Jacob/Israel)
Committee decides Moses doesn’t have “authority” or “status”
They decide they have authority & status  b/c they been around longer
They confront Moses & here’s what happens
Lesson 1 – be careful about getting into “power struggles” in the church.
God takes it personal, according to scripture when that happens

“This is MY church” (or something similar). 
no one is listening to what THEY want done. 

who owns the church? (God does)
Who supposed to be “in charge” of the church (God is)
It’s HIS church… not ours.

Lesson 2 - 
don’t let bitterness (over problems you encounter in church) take root in your soul. Bitterness/ anger/ venting your frustrations isn’t healthy. 
they can lead to sinning against God
God punishes sinful behavior in His children

First thing ...he dealt promptly with the conflict. 
He didn’t let problem drag on at all.  
He immediately confronted the challenge. 
He didn’t  believe in, “Letting sleeping dogs lie”. 
“sleeping dogs” eventually they wake up & bite us. 

Numbers 16:3-4
They came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron and said to them, ‘You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the LORD is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the LORD’s assembly?’

And what does Moses do????
Vs. 4 When Moses heard this, he fell facedown.

Why on earth would he do that?
When faced with conflict… body language says a lot.
If someone is angry with you - they’ll frown, fold their arms, clench their fist and hold their heads in a certain way. 

Moses’ body language was intended to show humility and humbleness. 
He fell on his face before his accusers because he’s not looking for a fight/ 
doesn’t want to fight he just wants to resolve the problem.
Moses didn’t want the job, God called him to it
Moses didn’t take it personal b/c it’s really between the people & God

Moses actually cares for them
Throughout this passage Moses prays for these folks.
He reasons with them.
He goes the extra mile

when they show that they have no intention of being reasonable he starts getting tough. 
Numbers 16:12 
“Then Moses summoned Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab. 
But they said, ‘We will not come!’”

By their behavior they show they’re not open to reason.

And so – in verse 15 it says “Then Moses became very angry and said to the LORD, ‘Do not accept their offering. I have not taken so much as a donkey from them, nor have I wronged any of them.’" Numbers 16:15

He told God that these people are in rebellion… and he asked Him to take care of it. And of course – God did!

So, let’s revue: 
Moses loved these people. 
He cared about them.
He didn’t want to fight. 
He wanted to help these people deal with their anger.
And so he did everything he could to resolve the conflict.

In fact, he even proposed a solution to the conflict. 
Numbers 16:5-7 
“Then he said to Korah and all his followers: ‘In the morning the LORD will show who belongs to him and who is holy, and he will have that person come near him. The man he chooses he will cause to come near him.
You, Korah, and all your followers are to do this: Take censers and tomorrow put fire and incense in them before the LORD. The man the LORD chooses will be the one who is holy. You Levites have gone too far!’”

How do you deal with a brother that has something against you? 
Matthew 18: if I have a problem with a brother I am to:
1. Go to him one on one
2. If that doesn’t work - if they won’t listen to me – take two or three witnesses along and try again.
3. If that doesn’t resolve the conflict – take it before the church 
4. Then – if that fails – then God gives us permission to walk away.
the whole objective is to win my brother

But Korah hadn’t done that.
Instead, he had joined with the Reubenites to stage a full scale rebellion.

So there is a proper way to deal with conflict 
– And Moses attempted to do it that way.
First he talked to Korah
… then he tried to summon Dathan and Abiram.
Then he proposed a solution - let’s take it to God.
Fill your censers, we’ll take them before God and let Him decide.

Notice, Moses doesn’t ask to have this settled by a church vote. 
He doesn’t ask for a show of hands to see who approves of how things are.
Israel isn’t a democracy… it’s a theocracy.
The only vote that’s going to count (particularly on a doctrinal matter) – is God’s

Whenever God’s people voted in the Bible the result was rarely a good one.
Because people tend to vote their emotions and what they want to have done
… rather than focusing on what God wants. 
Thus, the outcome of some church votes is that the people end up trying to “outvote God”. 
That’s not really a good way for a church to receive His blessing.

Now – wise Church leaders WILL listen to their people. 
And when there is not a direct Biblical command being considered they should take the feelings of the people into consideration, 
and they should it do that way because the church doesn’t belong to them either.
The church belongs to God
… and God is the one who has to be pleased with what they do.

Church problems begin when people get upset
doesn’t have to end up in 
-fist fights, 
-power struggles, or 
-church splits. 
Handle w/ LOVE & Obedience to God
God can work in ways we can’t
God can heal what we can’t
God will deal with rebellion & sin in OUR hearts
God can root out bitterness
God can heal the wounded after conflict
God has last word
...14,000 swallowed by the earth
...250 consumed by a Holy fire 
In 1 Corinthians 10 Paul lists a number of punishments God brought down upon the Israelites because of their sinful behavior in the wilderness. 
Then he writes: 
“These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.” 1 Corinthians 10:11
pull up and discard any root of bitterness
follow scriptural procedure to save church member’s lives

Sunday Night 1-13-2013

Posted by Sherry

The Open Door of Opportunity
Revelation 3:7-13 

A little trivia quiz this evening - you may want to take out a piece of paper to write the answer down 
How many doors (NOT DOOR WAYS) are in this sanctuary? 12

Did you know that a lot of doors are mentioned in Scripture as well? 

Revelation 3:20, Jesus says: (Revelation 3:20) Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. 
door of intimacy with Christ 
  • We usually apply this passage in an evangelistic sense, 
  • it was written to a church of believers. 
  • It illustrates for us the willingness of Jesus to pursue believers who have grown cold in their relationship with him. 
  • The imagery is of Jesus knocking at the door of a church, 
  • and waiting for the church to re-open that door so that a vital relationship can be re-established 

John 10:29, Jesus said: (John 10:9) I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. 
-Jesus was teaching that he is the only way to salvation. 
Inside that door or gate, there is safety and everything we need. 

Colossians 4:3: “and pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains”.
– the door of opportunity.  
refers to the way that God gives wonderful opportunities to preach the gospel, 
how he prepares willing ears to listen and 
eager hearts to receive it 
God has a unique way of providing opportunities for fruitful service, and hearts ready to accept the gospel. 
7 And to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Philadelphia write: These are the words of the Holy One, the True One, He Who has the key of David, Who opens and no one shall shut, Who shuts and no one shall open:(A)
8 I know your [record of] works and what you are doing. See! I have set before you a door wide open which no one is able to shut; I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept My Word and guarded My message and have not renounced or denied My name.
9 Take note! I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet and learn and acknowledge that I have loved you.(B)
10 Because you have guarded and kept My word of patient endurance [have held fast the [a]lesson of My patience with the [b]expectant endurance that I give you], I also will keep you [safe] from the hour of trial (testing) which is coming on the whole world to try those who dwell upon the earth.
11 I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one may rob you and deprive you of your crown.
12 He who overcomes (is victorious), I will make him a pillar in the sanctuary of My God; he shall never be put out of it or go out of it, and I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which descends from My God out of heaven, and My own new name.(C)
13 He who can hear, let him listen to and heed what the Spirit says to the assemblies (churches).

In Philadelphia, there was a small bunch of Christians who were faithful to the task. They were neither large in number, powerful or influential, but they were significant to Christ, who takes the time to write them a letter.

Christ - the Writer

1) He says he is holy – morally perfect and without flaw or blemish.
2) He is true - the one behind everything, the one who is wholly trustworthy and reliable. 
  1. He holds the Key of David. 
Now this is an interesting description which refers back to Is 22:20f. 
In Chapter 22, Isaiah condemns the city of Jerusalem. 
They had just been delivered from their enemies camped outside their city, 
but they showed no gratitude for their divine rescue. 
The charge lain before them is that they were self-sufficient, 
  • trusting in their weapons, 
  • their efforts in strengthening the city walls 
  • and their stores of water. 
He then turns his attention to an individual 
– Shebna, the chief steward of Jerusalem, 
guilty of a similar sin as the city itself. 
seeing himself as indispensible, 
a “Mighty Man” in verse 17. 
He apparently paraded through the streets in a mighty chariot and prepared for himself a splendid grave. 
As a result of his unfaithful service, he is replaced by Eliakim. 
Now the significance of the image is that the chief steward of the city held the key of David 
– this was the master key to not only the city but also to the palace. 
He was second only to the king and controlled who could come and who could go 
– who had access to the king and who didn’t. 
He was the one who opened the doors and shut other doors. 
Isaiah …Vs 20 "In that day I will summon my servant, Eliakim son of Hilkiah. 21 I will clothe him with your robe and fasten your sash around him and hand your authority over to him. He will be a father to those who live in Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. 22 I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 23 I will drive him like a peg into a firm place; he will be a seat of honor for the house of his father. 
In Revelation, we see this image continuing in 
vs 7
These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. 
What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 
V8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.

Christ is here claiming to be the new Eliakim 
– the one who holds the palace key, 
not an earthly door, though, 
it was heaven’s door. 
Christ opens and closes the doors which allow people to enter the kingdom 
– he is in control of the opportunities which we have and no opportunity is not appointed by him. 

The Church’s Condition 
Philadelphia was a blessed city. 
They were living in the land of opportunity, but why were they so blessed. 
The answer is found in verse 8.

8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

  1. Weakness - 
This was a small church with seemingly no prestige. 
It regularly got beaten up by the local Jews who had condemned them. 
But because it was weak, they relied upon God. 
They knew who’s work it was and didn’t try to usurp his authority. 
– It’s a lesson for all of us fiercely independent people isn’t it.
  1. Wordly – 
No I haven’t left out an “l” here and yes it is a word – and if it is not, it should be. 
They were wordly 
– They were consumed by the word, 
devoted to the word, 
satisfied by the word and 
thriving on the word. 
They kept God’s Word, 
which meant that they knew God’s Word and we could likely conclude that 
they therefore spent time studying God’s Word. 
Are we Wordly or are we Worldly in our focus?
  1. Wavering–Not. 
– no matter what they were faced with, refused to give up on their faith. 
The ridicule, 
the peer pressure, 
the opposition or even 
the possible persecution they faced could not make them waver. 
Instead they were faithful to the end.

www – Weak, Wordly and Wavering-not were the reasons given for the giving of the open door 
– the opportunity to preach the gospel to their neighbours, to their friends, to people passing through the city.

I want to ask you tonight whether you have a door of opportunity open for you? 
If you do, are you making the most of every opportunity? 
I must admit, that I fail so often and let the opportunities slip. 
We need to pray for each others that we be bold enough to take the opportunities God gives us. 

I don’t have any opportunities, then why not. 
Which W are you lacking? 
Are you trying to do it all on your own instead of waiting for God’s power? 
Wordliness Is your life based wholely and solely on God’s word - following the principles laid out in his Word? Or maybe it is just that you are Wavering instead of Wavering- Not. 

Promises and Blessings. 
It shouldn’t surprise us that when we are given wonderful opportunities for service, there is usually also new opportunities for selfishness, pride, defection or compromise. Satan hates you with a passion and will try to undermine any and all spiritual progress. 

An organization in Montana once offered a bounty of five thousand dollars for every wolf captured alive. Two hunters named Sam and Jed decided to head for the hills and make some money capturing wolves. Day and night they scoured the mountains and forests searching for their valuable prey. Exhausted after three days of hunting without any success, they both fell asleep. 
During the night, Sam suddenly woke up to find that he and Jed were surrounded by a pack of fifty wolves, with flaming red eyes and bared teeth, snarling at the two hunters and preparing to pounce. Sam nudged Jed and said, "Hey, wake up! We’re gonna be rich!"

Sometimes when we are surrounded by what appears to be many difficulties, we may in fact be surrounded by many opportunities. Christ recognised that often opportunity and opposition go hand in hand and gave the Philadelphian church 4 specific words of comfort.

  1. First, he promised to humble their enemies and open their eyes to the truth. 
Vs 9 reads 
I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars--I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.
The first opponents of the church were the hostile Jews. 
This was the continuation of the tension we see between the early church and the Jewish community who believed that they were the people of God by birth and religious heritage. 

RO 2:28 A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. 29 No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man’s praise is not from men, but from God.
God is not pleased by outward rituals, but is pleased by inward attitudes. In the end of time, the Jews will recognise the distinction between a real follower of Christ and their brand of religion. 

2) second, that he would keep them from the hour of maximum trials. 
10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from (or more accurately, out of) the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.
This tribulation was going to be global in nature 
– it was to come upon the whole world. 
It was also to test those who live on the earth. 
This is not just talking about the Christians in the church here. 
This phrase is repeated several times through the book of Revelation and refers to believers and unbelievers. 

The hour of trial is understood to be a time of intense trouble that will fall on the world before Christ comes again. 
It is called elsewhere in Scripture the “day of the Lord” or the “Great Tribulation.” 
But just how the Christians are protected from it a matter of debate. 
Those who believe in a Pre-tribulation rapture, would see that this passage and others like it teach that the Christians will be taken out of the earth (raptured) before the great tribulation and so will be protected from all that it involves by their absence. 

Others who hold to a post tribulation rapture believe that this promise is not to remove the Christians from the earth, but to offer protection to them while on earth.

This verse can not prove or disprove either argument on its own and so we won’t dwell on it any more. 
It is sufficient to say that we have a marvelous promise here 
– Christ will protect his own because of their obedience to him. 

3) Third promise of strength and security.
11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12 Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it.
Philadelphia being in a volcanic area. 
Often the only parts of the city left standing after a severe quake were the huge stone temple columns. 
When you visit ancient ruins you will notice that often all that is left standing are the pillars. 
In the Jerusalem temple which was destroyed in 70 A. D., there were two great pillars in front of the building, one called Jachin (which means "established, permanent"), and the other Boaz ("strength"). 
Pillars were synonymous with strength and permanence. 
Christ promises to set his believes up in such a secure fashion that can never be moved. 

"Never again will he leave it," says Jesus. This promise of Jesus to never go out again is a reference to the experience of these Philadelphians who had frequently to flee the city because of the earthquake tremors that came. 
When you labor for me, says Jesus, you will reach a place where you will not have to go out ever again. It is a picture of security, permanence and strength.

This is the promise to those who overcome. 
To those who are faithful. 
The faithful are also said to have a crown which can be lost if they waver. 
This does not speak about salvation, but future rewards and opportunities for future service. 

4) a new name which is representative of our character. 
V12 I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.
If we overcome, we will be given 3 names
  1. the name of God – shows we will be godly. 
This is the purpose of the HS dwelling in our lives.
  1. the name of the city of God. 
The last 2 chapters of Revelation speak about the New Jerusalem being like a bride being prepared for her husband, Christ. 
This new name speaks of the loving intimacy that Christ has for his faithful.
  1. a new name that no one knows. 
Names in the Bible symbolize one’s character or role. 
Before Jesus was born in Bethlehem an angel appeared to Joseph and told him that Mary would have a son, who was to be called “Jesus." 
Why? "Because he will save his people from their sins," 
When we get to heaven, we will each have a new ministry, a new area of service and this will come with it a new name symbolic of this new ministry.

What wonderful promises,
• Our enemies will be humbled,
• We’ll be kept from tribulation
• We will be strengthened and made secure.
• We’ll be given a new name

13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Stop! Look! Listen! Hear the Spirit. Think through these letters. Pay attention to them, because they are spelling out your future destiny.