Sardis: The Dead Church – Revelation 3:1-6
I. THE CORRESPONDENT
Isaiah 11:2 (NASB) The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord
II. THE CITY
III. THE CHURCH
IV. THE CONDEMNATION
a. The reputation of the church
b. The reality of the church
James 2:26 (NASB) For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
V. THE COMMAND
a. They need to wake up
b. They need to strengthen
Ephesians 5:18 (NASB) And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,
c. They need to remember
d. They need to keep
e. They need to repent
VI. THE COMMENDATION
a. The dedicated are virtuous
Isaiah 64:6 For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;
Jude 1:23 (NASB) hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.
Revelation 19:8 (NASB) It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
b. The dedicated are rewarded
1. They will receive white garments
2. They will have eternal life
Exodus 32:33 (NASB) The Lord said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.
3. They will be owned before God
Hebrews 1:4 having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.
Matthew 10:32 Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.
VII. THE COUNSEL