Sunday, March 6, 2016

Revelation 3:1-6 -- The DEAD Church (Part 1)

And to the angel of the church in Sardis write,

‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’
Revelation 3:1-6

Pastor Danny Forshee.  Great Hills Baptist Church.  June, 8 2014:

  1. Identification (vv. 1-2, 4)
    A. Jesus
    B. City -- You are protected unless you're arrogant.
         i. Active practice of Emperor worship.
    C. Problem
         i. Dead
         ii.  Complacent
         iii. Corruption - "Only a few have not defiled..."
  2. Commendation (vv 2, 4):
    - "A few have remained faithful"
  • One night a week for evangelism.
  • The Church is basically dead in Europe and is dying in America.
  • #1 sign of a dying Church: They no longer look outward; it's all about them.
  • Seven spirits - Completeness of spirit.
  • The physical conquering due to arrogance and complacency that had occurred twice in the history of the city was now happening spiritually to the Church at Sardis.
  • The Church, like the city, was living in the past.
  • "People gathered does not a Church make; it takes the Spirit of the Living GOD!!!"

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