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The Worthlessness of Apathy

July 23, 2017

 

1 Timothy 6:10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.

 

Rev. 3:14-22

14"And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: 'The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation.

15"'I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. 19Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 20Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'"

 

A sovereign God who speaks v14

14"And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: 'The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation.

 

John 14

6Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

 

2 cor 1:20 20For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.

 

John 8:18,27-28

18I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me."

27They did not understand that he had been speaking to them about the Father. 28So Jesus said to them, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me.

 

Colossians 1

15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

 

A church caught in apathy

 

Rev 3:15-18

15"'I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.

 

1 Samuel 16:7b For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart."

 

Revelation 21:21And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

 

White garments so that … your nakedness may not be seen

Laodicea was known for their textiles, most notably their black wool

 

And salve to anoint your eyes

Laodicea was known for their medical schools specializing in opthamology.

 

An amazing promise

 

rev 3: 19Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 20Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'

 

Proverbs 3

11 My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline

or be weary of his reproof,

12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,

as a father the son in whom he delights.

 

1 cor. 11

32But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

 

Hebrews 12

5And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?

"My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,

nor be weary when reproved by him.

6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,

and chastises every son whom he receives."

7It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?

 

SO WHAT?!?

18I counsel you to buy from me…

 

Isaiah 55

1 "Come, everyone who thirsts,

come to the waters;

and he who has no money,

come, buy and eat!

Come, buy wine and milk

without money and without price.

2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,

and your labor for that which does not satisfy?

Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,

and delight yourselves in rich food.

3 Incline your ear, and come to me;

hear, that your soul may live;

and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,

 

 

Rev. 3: 20Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

Week 3 - The Worthlessness of Apathy

This Sunday, we studied a passage that is very commonly taught incorrectly. People assume that Rev. 3:15-22 teaches that ‘hot’ is bad and that ‘cold’ is good--but this is incorrect. We learned that both ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ refer to springs of water and that both of them have a value in society. What does not have value, what is useless to the people in these villages, is luke-warm water. Applying this passage to the church and the believer, we see that being ‘lukewarm’ equals apathy--and apathy in our faith and walk with GOD equals being ‘spit out’. So, John is saying in Revelation 2, that we are to have value. In today’s study, we will continue to look at the topic of apathy--specifically that we are apathetic in taking responsibility and in obedience.

 

1. As a group, discuss some of the problems that we face, not as believers, but as humanity?

 

2. There are all type of problems that we face but it is important that we identify them as problems and struggles--not as our enemies. Enemies are different. As a group, discuss the concept of an enemy.

 

We must be able to identify our enemy. Our enemy is not a politician, a godless culture, a corrupt-system, or a college professor who opposes our views. Our enemy is bigger than that--we must think on a macro scale in order to identify our enemy.

 

3. As a group turn to and read the following passages: Eph. 6:12 and 1 Pet 5:8. What do both of these passages have in common? What do they teach us?

 

 

So these passages identify that we have a real, active, and capable adversary to contend with. We cannot be apathetic in acknowledging this enemy's presence or in dealing with this enemy--we must be diligent! But this is not the only enemy that we must face. In fact, I would say that the enemy described in 1 Pet. 5 and Eph. 6 is not even the most dangerous enemy that we face. Let’s look at the book of Genesis and the fall of man for proof of this.

 

4. Turn to Gen. 3:11-13. When confronted about their sin, what what do Adam and Even try to do?

 

 

So who is the real enemy? That is a great question--let’s investigate this further. As a group Turn to Judges 2:10. So far, In Judges 1, we have seen a disobedient Israel who ignored GOD’s command by not driving out the inhabitants of the land and allowing them to stay there as slaves. Then in Judges 2:1-4, God rebukes them and in v6-8 they repent. These people knew GOD and recognized what He had done for them.

 

5. But look at Judges 2:10. What do we learn here about the next generations? a.

 

From the first example of Israel’s disobedience in Judges 1 through the entire book--we see a pattern develop. They faced a plethora of ‘enemies’-- as a result of their disobedience. They would cry out to God and He would send a Judge to deliver them; only to have them turn to another god or form of disobedience. So who is the enemy? Was the enemy each of the nations that God allowed to capture and rule of Israel? In a ‘micro’ sense, we can say yes. But when we take a ‘macro’ perspective--we see who the real enemy is.

 

 

 

 

6. Turn to Judges 21:25. Who does this passage identify as the real enemy--the one that has been present from Judges 2:10 until the last sentence of Judges in 21:25?

 

 

 

Impact Statement
It is the position of scripture, from the Fall of Man with Adam and Eve, to the accounts from book of Judges, to Romans 1, where Paul cites a huge list of problems and sins and then sums it up in v32 with, but they should have known better! They were apathetic in their faith and walk with GOD! Apathy--the lack of attention, detail, and effort--is identified in scripture as the most prominent enemy mankind will face. It is this attitude that gives satan his power and influence and allows him to be so effective. It is this attitude that allows sin to have such a stronghold in our world--but it is something that we control! We can control our level of attention and effort. What does it say about humanity that the biggest threat to all of humanity comes from within humanity! Let us eradicate apathy from our daily practice, from our perspective of church, church involvement, and fellowship! Let us turn to GOD and move toward conquering apathy with Faith!

 

 

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