Marks of a Corrupt Christian”
“Marks of a Corrupt Christian”
March 3, 2013
Pastor Roger Ball
Is our church corrupt? Are you a corrupt Christian? Jesus constantly gave “test questions” to His followers to remove many forms of lies and arrogance and bullying. Today you can examine yourself and our church with at least eight test questions Jesus used on two different churches 1900 years ago from eight verses in Revelation 2:8-17. Be honest. Be blessed. Repent if you need to.
Revelation 2:8 – “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life, says this:
Revelation 2:9 – “I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.Question #1 – Right now, because of Jesus, ______
Question #2 – Are you ____________
________________?Revelation 2:10 – Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Question #3 – Would you __
___________ because of Jesus?
Question #4 – For Jesus would you __
________________?Revelation 2:11 – He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.’Revelation 2:12 – “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: The One who has the sharp two-edged sword says this:Revelation 2:13 – ‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.
Question #5 – Do you know what the __
__________________?Revelation 2:14 – But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality.
Question #6 – Do you __
Question #7 – Do you model __
Question #8 – Are you __
__________________?Revelation 2:15 – So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.Revelation 2:16 – Therefore repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth.Revelation 2:17 – He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.’

Pastor Roger Ball

Roger is our Senior Pastor. He began attending FBC in August 1983 as an associate pastor and became Senior Pastor in November 1990. In addition to his pastoral duties at FBC, Roger also teaches in the various Masters’ and Doctoral classes at Phoenix Seminary and has served as Director of Mentoring at Phoenix Seminary. Local, national and international ministry for Roger has included school boards, compassion ministries, para-church work, conference speaking and Bible teaching. In the last couple of decades many men and women were launched into full-time ministry by FBC-Tempe through various training programs called Pastor-in-Training, Leader-in-Training and Missionary-in-Training. Any willing person can serve God. See our Mentoring Leaders web page. Roger and his wife, Dianna, have two daughters, Sharon and Sharmon. Roger is an Arizona native and enjoys carpentry, fishing and dreaming.

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