Summary: Sermon Series on the 7 letters to the churches in Revelation with help from Pastor Ken D. Trivette
The History of Sardis:
Was built on a mountain which was viewed as impregnable.
Isaiah 56:10 "Israel's watchmen are blind, they all lack knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they cannot bark; they lie around and dream, they love to sleep." (NIV)
Is one of the two most harshly condemned Churches and is uninhabited today.
1) Jesus Condemns Sardis: Vs. 1 "I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead." (NIV)
Their Reputation was Deceiving!
G. Campbell Morgan: Called it "reputation without reality."
Sardis was DEAD!
Question: Are we DEAD?
2) Jesus Commands Sardis: Vs. 2-3 "Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, 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." (NIV)
For a Call for Revival was Demanded!
For a Quick Response to their Condition!
Question: What keeps a Church from Dying?
John 20:22 "And with that He breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit." (NIV)
For a Perpetual Review of their Condition!
Remember--the word means to keep on remembering never to forget!
Lamentations 3:40-41 "Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD. Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven..." (NIV)
Question: Do you need to be revived?