The Christian Faith
Radio Hour Podcast

Episode #94:
The Seven
Churches (9):
Philadelphia, the Church of
the Lord’s Desire

21 June 2024

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Among the seven churches in Revelation 2-3, it is the church in Philadelphia alone that fulfills the Lord’s desire. While almost all of the other churches are reproved by the Lord, to this church alone the Lord says, “You…have kept My word and have not denied My name” (Rev. 3:8).

Prophetically, Philadelphia, “the church of brotherly love,” signifies the recovery of the genuine church life, beginning with the Plymouth Brethren in the 1800s and continuing, many would say, with the local churches raised up in the 20th century through Watchman Nee and Witness Lee.

However, the testimony of Philadelphia is spiritual, not organizational, and so today it may not be easy to identify. Yet, if we seek to be in the fellowship of Philadelphia (and we surely should!) there are two particular traits we may look for, based on the Lord’s word above. That is, in this fellowship there is, positively, the keeping of the Lord’s word in an absolute way, and negatively, there is not the denying of His name by calling ourselves something other than believers in Christ.

Length: 102 Minutes



Watchman Nee
Order Online: The Orthodoxy of the Church

E.H. Broadbent
Order Online: The Pilgrim Church

Henry Pickering, Editor
Read Online: Chief Men Among the Brethren

David Canfield
Download the Preface & Introduction: Writings on the Turmoil Among the Churches
Order Online: Writings on the Turmoil Among the Churches

Online Resources

J.N. Darby: Considerations on the Nature and Unity of the Church of Christ

Video Testimony of DAC: “How I Found the New Testament Fellowship”

Website: The church of the Chicagoans



Revelation 2-3: The Lord’s word to the seven churches.
Revelation 3:7-13: The Lord’s word to the church in Philadelphia.
Psalm 133: The blessing of life upon the oneness.
1 Corinthians 1:2:
A warning to all of us.
1 Corinthians 1:9:
Called into the fellowship of God’s Son.
1 Corinthians 10:13:
Divided by other names.


Recorded in Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday, 19 June 2024