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Revelation 3 - NIV

To the Church in Sardis

1 “To the angel[a] of the church in Sardis write:
These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits[b] of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.

2 Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God.

3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.

4 Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy.

5 The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.

6 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

To the Church in Philadelphia

7 “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.

8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

9 I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.

10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.

11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.

12 The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name.

13 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

To the Church in Laodicea

14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.

15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!

16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.

18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.

20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.

22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”


Footnotes

a. Revelation 3:1 That is, the sevenfold Spirit
b. Revelation 3:1 Or messenger; also in verses 7 and 14


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Shared by: Leighton (Lee) Vary on Jan, 2017
Summary: The Church at Laodicea, a church, it seems, with no redeeming qualities. Luke warm, every church was commended for something, except the Laodicean church. Are we like the Laodicean church?
Series: Revelation
Scripture: Revelation 3:14-22
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 27
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Shared by: Jonathan Vorce on Jan, 2017
Summary: God's greatest desire is YOU! This message explores God's invitation to us to participate in His promises, become His partner and ultimately to be His people.
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Shared by: Ernie Arnold on Nov, 2016
Summary: Topical Sermon focusing on how Christians can either live like a spiritual thermometer (passive/reflective/mimicking the world ) or a spiritual thermostat (active, a change agent, surrendered to the will and guidance of the Holy Spirit)
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Revelation 3:14-22
Denomination: *other
Views: 116
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Letter to Sardis
Shared by: Leighton (Lee) Vary on Nov, 2016
Summary: The seven spirits of God. Who or what are the seven stars. The commendation, Condemnation, warning, and promise.
Series: Revelation
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Revelation 3:1-6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 43
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The church at Philadelphia
Shared by: Leighton (Lee) Vary on Nov, 2016
Summary: The door of evangelism was wide open to them and they did God's will. They obeyed His will. There was no condemnation uttered for this church. There was only an admonition to hold fast what they had.
Series: Revelation
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 24
Freddy Fritz avatar
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Shared by: Freddy Fritz on Nov, 2016
Summary: The analysis of Christ's message to Laodicea in Revelation 3:14-22 shows us that a church may be comfortable but Christless.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Revelation 3:14-22
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 627
Freddy Fritz avatar
Christ's Message to Philadelphia
Shared by: Freddy Fritz on Nov, 2016
Summary: The analysis of Christ's message to Philadelphia in Revelation 3:7-13 teaches us that a church may be feeble but faithful.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Revelation 3:7-13
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 684
Freddy Fritz avatar
Christ's Message to Sardis
Shared by: Freddy Fritz on Nov, 2016
Summary: The analysis of Christ's message to Sardis as set forth in Revelation 3:1-6 teaches us that a church may be orthodox but dead.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Revelation 3:1-6
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 589
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The Church at Philadelphia: A Committed Church
Shared by: Dean Rhine on Nov, 2016
Summary: The church at Philadelphia
Series: 7 Churches
Scripture: Revelation 3:7-13
Views: 100
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The Church at Laodicea: A Complacent Church
Shared by: Dean Rhine on Nov, 2016
Summary: The church at Laodicean
Series: 7 Churches
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Shared by: Philip Harrelson on Oct, 2016
Summary: Sardis was full of corpses that had been propped up in the pews.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Revelation 3:1-6
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 247
John Doe avatar
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Shared by: John Doe on Oct, 2016
Summary: God does not call us to Superhuman status. Rather, he calls us to Overcome. (three-point outline with optional intro.)
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Shared by: Michael Grant on Sep, 2016
Summary: The people's potential response in Mark 14:1-2 & The Laodicean Church - A comparison
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Shared by: Michael Grant on Sep, 2016
Summary: Expounding on the first few chapters of Revelation & looking for modern applications.
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Shared by: Dr. Ronald Shultz on Aug, 2016
Summary: Stop trying to hold together what God is not holding up!
Scripture: Revelation 3:1
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 160
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Shared by: J Jeffrey Smead on Aug, 2016
Summary: The translation we heard states that the servants are waiting for the master a better translation describes servants who are expecting the master.Waiting is passive, much like waiting for a bus or a cab. Expecting denotes excitement, energy, enthusiasm.
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Shared by: John Gaston on Jul, 2016
Summary: In Revelation, Jesus tells the Church at Philadelphia that He is opening a door for them which no one can shut. This is a door of favor, spiritual growth, and opportunity to witness. He'll open that same door for us if we desire it!
Scripture: Revelation 3:7-8
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 1,025
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GROWING COLD ON THE EVE OF DESTRUCTION
Shared by: John Gaston on Jun, 2016
Summary: The Last Days is a time of cold, darkness, evil, and danger. It’s the worst time to let down your guard, because the enemy is about to attack!
Scripture: Revelation 3:14-20
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 337
Rodney Johnson avatar
Our Source Part 1
Shared by: Rodney Johnson on Jun, 2016
Summary: Part one of this series focuses on lukewarm Christians and how the farther we get from our source (God) the less likely we are to fulfill our real purpose on the earth.
Series: Our Source
Scripture: Revelation 3:14-22
Views: 316
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Shared by: Tom Shepard on Apr, 2016
Summary: This is a verse by verse look at the Chapter Three of the Book of Revelation.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Revelation 3:1-21
Views: 328
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Shared by: David Rigg on Apr, 2016
Summary: In the Book of Revelation, the Bible mentions often people who are overcomers. This sermon explains who an overcomer is.
Series: Revelation
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Shared by: Archie Norman on Apr, 2016
Summary: Dealing with emotions
Scripture: Revelation 3:14-20
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 706
David Rigg avatar
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Shared by: David Rigg on Apr, 2016
Summary: So much of what Jesus said about the church in Laodicea can be seen in our churches today.
Series: Revelation
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Shared by: David Rigg on Apr, 2016
Summary: This sermon deals with the open door the Christians in Philadelphia had to spread the Gospel. It's still open for us today.
Series: Revelation
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Shared by: Tom Shepard on Mar, 2016
Summary: This is an introduction to Revelation chapters 2 and 3.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Revelation 2:1-3:22
Views: 611
David Rigg avatar
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Shared by: David Rigg on Mar, 2016
Summary: This sermon in the Revelation series deals with a church that had a good reputation in the community, but Jesus found lacking.
Series: Revelation
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Shared by: Benny Paul on Jan, 2016
Summary: Normally at the end of the year we have year-end appraisals at our work places - where our performance will be reviewed. Let us take a similar approach as we come to the end of another year - as a church & individually - to examine where we stand...
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Revelation 2:1-3:22
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 741
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Shared by: Wade M. Hughes, Sr on Dec, 2015
Summary: We consider the dangers of life with no passion and zeal. Can the COLD kill us? Cold without? Cold within?
Scripture: Revelation 3:15-16
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 454
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Shared by: Michael Luke on Dec, 2015
Summary: If Jesus loves the church then I should love the church. And I should love the church the same way Jesus does. He doesn’t love his bride because she’s perfect. Jesus loves his bride because she belongs to him. He loves her warts and all.
Series: Victorious!
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Shared by: Jeffery Anselmi on Nov, 2015
Summary: The Church at Laodicea was an example of a Church that lacked leaders who were willing to move them past their comfort zone. God calls all of us to lead people without fear.
Scripture: Revelation 3:14-20
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