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Summary: Part 2 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-II—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—The watchful church exhibits...

MANAGEMENT(:3a)

—Explanation:(:3a) Observance/Protection/Regulation

:3—“‘Remember therefore what you have received & heard; & keep it, & repent....”

“What/How”—pwV—How, In what way; By what means.

“Keep”—threw—To attend to carefully, take care of; To guard—Expresses watchful care & is suggestive of present possession.

“Repent”—Turn away from thru God.

—Argumentation:

Mat. 7:21—“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.”

Jas. 5:12—“But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but let your yes be yes, & your no, no; so that you may not fall under judgment.”

1Tim. 6:20-21—“O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly & empty chatter & the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge”--which some have professed & thus gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you.”

—Illustration:

Water or electricity/Turn off unused lights/Settings on air conditioning—Heat/Manage our home’s & community’s resources wisely/MANAGEMENT

—Application:

?Are we MANAGING that which is at our disposal?

?Are we a Watchful Church?

6—The watchful church exhibits...

READINESS(:3b)

—Explanation:

“3b—“....If therefore you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, & you will not know at what hour I will come upon you.”

—Argumentation:

Lk. 12:35-40—“Be dressed in readiness, & keep your lamps alight. “And be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes & knocks. “Blessed are those slaves whom the master shall find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, & have them recline at the table, & will come up & wait on them. “Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, & finds them so, blessed are those slaves. “And be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into. “You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect.”

1Thes. 5:2-8—“For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “Peace & safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with child; & they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light & sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert & sober. For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, & those who get drunk get drunk at night. But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith & love, & as a helmet, the hope of salvation.”


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