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Summary: Part 3 of a 3-part sermon. Jesus rebuked the church in Sardis for maintaining a mere semblance of life in Christ. The church of God must exhibit a vitality inherent to life in Christ. What does a watchful church exhibit? The Watchful church exhibits...

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THE WATCHFUL CHURCH-III—Revelation 3:1-6

Jesus rebuked the church in Sardis for maintaining a mere semblance of life in Christ.

The church of God must exhibit the vitality inherent to life in Christ.

The church of God must exhibit more than a semblance of life in Christ.

How does a church exhibit a watchful character?

OR

What does a watchful church exhibit?

12 Attributes/Traits/Features of a watchful church.

The watchful church exhibits...

1. AUTHORITY(:1a)

2. SOLIDITY(:1b)

3. STABILITY(:2a)

4. COMPLETION(:2b)

5. MANAGEMENT(:3a)

6. READINESS(:3b)

7. REMNANCE(:4)

8. WORTHINESS(:4b)

9—The watchful church exhibits...

PURITY(:5a)

—Explanation:(:5a)

“‘He who overcomes shall thus be clothed in white garments;....”

“Clothed”—periballw—‘To throw around’; Wrap.

“In white”—

—Argumentation:

Rev. 19:7-8—““Let us rejoice & be glad & give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come & His bride has made herself ready.” And it was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright & clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.”

—Illustration:

Tropicana Orange Juice/No additives or preservatives/Not from concentrate/PURITY

—Application:

?Are we a PURE Church?

?Are we a Watchful Church?

10—The watchful church exhibits...

PRESENCE(:5b)

—Explanation/Argumentation:(:5b) In the Book/Place

“‘....& I will not erase his name from the book of life,....”

“Erase”—Wipe away

*Implies that ALL names of all mankind were/are originally in the Book! & rejection God’s design(Acceptance of God’s will by faith; Acceptance of Jesus) seals their erasure!

“Name”—God knows you by name!

“The Book of Life”—

Ex. 32:33—“And the LORD said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.”

Rev. 17:8—“The beast that you saw was & is not, & is about to come up out of the abyss & to go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth will wonder, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast, that he was & is not & will come.”

Rev. 20:12, 15—“And I saw the dead, the great & the small, standing before the throne, & books were opened; & another book was opened, which is the book of life; & the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.”....“And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”

—Illustration:

Last payment for a loan sent/Thrilled!/Receive overdue notice/Company records show no final payment ever existed/Proof is in the PRESENCE in the Book

*Many believe that the ‘Church Roll’ is the ‘Book of Life’!

—Application:

?Are we a PRESENT Church?

?Are we a Watchful Church?

11—The watchful church exhibits...

CONFESSION(:5c)

—Explanation:(:5c) Declaration

“.....& I will confess his name before My Father, & before His angels.”

What is the nature of the confession?

—That we have believed God’s witness!

Ex. 14:31—“And when Israel saw the great power which the LORD had used against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD, & they believed in the LORD & in His servant Moses.”


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