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Seizing an open door (Revelation 3:7-13)

Rev.Dr. Peterson WangómbeRev.Dr. Peterson Wangómbe, September 18, 2016
Part of the Empowered for Outreach series, preached at a Sunday 1st Service service

PHILADELPHIA: SEIZING AN OPEN DOOR.
INTRODUCTION
Steve Carter, the author of an evangelistic book dubbed: “The
Invitational Life: Risking Yourself to Align with God's Heartbeat for
Humanity”, argues that the community of Christ has a great
tradition of invitation. He further maintains that inviting others to
faith requires leaning in to your own story, overcoming fear, and
stepping out. Steve Carter declares that the good news is for
everyone, always and that each of us can help keep it going. In his
book, Steve Carter casts a vision for non-threatening conversations
that point people to Christ. Most significantly, Steve shows
that only through risking it all will we discover what God is truly like.
This was so with the church in Philadelphia. They were praised by
Jesus for being faithful and obedient. They seized an open door
set before them. In this study we explore open doors set before us
and our fellowship.
Scripture Reference: Revelation 3: 7 – 13
Discussion Questions
1. a) In verse 8, what has Christ done for the Philadelphians?
b) What does Jesus mean by an open door? (Cf. 1 Corinthians
16:9, 2 Corinthians 2:12 – 13, Colossians 4:2 - 4)
2. What open doors are set before us and before our fellowship?
How can we respond to these opportunities?
3. a) In Verse 7, Christ describes himself as the one “who is holy
and true, who holds the key of David.” He further asserts, “What I
open no one can shut, and what I shut no one can open.” How
does Jesus’ description of himself and his declaration give us
confidence to move ahead in faith and obedience?
b) Jesus knew that the Philadelphians “had little strength” in
themselves, and yet they endured. What limitations or oppositions
do we struggle with in moving through open doors?
4. Because they kept His word, what did Jesus promise to do for
them (Read Verses 9 - 12) and how would these promises
encourage us to go through the test of time?
Memory Verse
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 (Revelation 3:8, NIV).
Reference
1. Carter S. (2016). The Invitational Life: Risking Yourself to Align
with God's Heartbeat for Humanity. David C. Cook, Chicago, Illinois.
2. Focus Bible Study: The test of time: A Bible study on Revelation 2
& 3

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