The Christian Faith
Radio Hour Podcast

Episode #95:
The Seven
Churches (10):
Philadelphia,
the Church that
Keeps the Lord’s
Name

27 June 2024

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The Lord appreciated the church in Philadelphia because she had not denied His name (Rev. 3:8). This does not only mean she was faithful to Christ in the face of persecution, but even more, that she refused to take any name for herself other than the name of Christ.

This is in strong contrast to what Christians have practiced throughout history, which has been to call themselves by the name of some denomination or sect, such as “Presbyterian,” “Methodist,” or “Baptist.” In fact, “to denominate” literally means “to give something a name.”

Only in the early 1800s, beginning in Dublin, Ireland, did some saints finally begin to realize the evils of denominationalism. Because they saw this, they left the sects and came together simply as Christians, “those who belong to Christ,” calling themselves “brothers” and nothing more. Eventually they became known by others as the Plymouth Brethren.

That was the beginning of the recovery of the New Testament fellowship of the believers, which is what is signified by the church in Philadelphia, “the church of brotherly love.” In the 20th century the Lord went on, using Watchman Nee and Witness Lee to recover the practical, New Testament way for believers to keep the oneness of the testimony of Christ, namely, by meeting together as the believers in the city where they live.

In this episode, after covering some introductory points,  we continue to consider the Lord’s word to the church in Philadelphia about not denying His name.

Length: 47 Minutes

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RESOURCES

Books

By Watchman Nee
Order Online: The Orthodoxy of the Church

Online Resources

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

Pamphlet: What Is God’s Purpose for the Church?

Website of the church of the Chicagoans: ChicagoMeeting.org

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BIBLE VERSES REFERENCED
IN THIS EPISODE

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 1:9:
Called into the fellowship of God’s Son.
1 Corinthians 10:13:
Divided by other names.
1 Corinthians 3:6-15:
Transformation for God’s building.

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Recording
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday, 26 June 2024

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