The last church is the church of Laodicea, and Jesus warns them that they are useless, not hot or cold, and so He is going to spit them out of His mouth. They appear to be wealthy, comfortable, mostly with worldly possessions, and because of this they have ignored their dependence on Christ which is far more valuable than anything this world can provide. They are called to repentance and to be zealous for Christ. I believe this is the majority of struggling churches today in the United States. We have become so comfortable that we forget that we need God, we need the Spirit to work, we need to be before Him in prayer asking Him to move on our behalf, we need to look to His Word for guidance. The struggling church should examine themselves and see where their true dependence lies, and make sure it is on Christ and His Word.
I believe these seven church examples are all we need for revitalization. Struggling churches do not need to be burdened down with man’s ideas about casting vision, about outreach strategies, about communication plans, about reflecting their ethnicity in the community. All of this is just burdensome to that church. Rather, the struggling church, and every church, must continue in sound doctrine, must continue to fix their eyes on Jesus, must continue to obey Christ, must continue to be filled with the Spirit, and must love one another and God. Let the sufficient Word of God be your inspiration for change, your hope for the future, and your encouragement for tomorrow. Christ will not remove the lampstand of a truly Biblical church. Do not fear and stand firm, for our Lord is our Head, and He is building His church.