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Revelation 3:1–6 ESV
1 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. “ ‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. 3 Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you. 4 Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. 5 The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. 6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use—men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men—men of prayer.
E. M. BOUNDS
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

1- THE PERCEPTION

A-THE CHURCH OF SARDIS HAD A GOOD REPUTATION IN THE COMMUNITY.

Revelation 3:1 ESV
1 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. “ ‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.
2 Timothy 3:1–5 ESV
1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

B- A GOOD REPUTATION WITH THE WORLD IS NOT ALWAYS A GOOD THING.

2 TIMOTHY 3:1-
2 Timothy 3:1–5 ESV
1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
John 15:18 ESV
18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.

2- PRINCIPAL

A-THE CHURCH OF SARDIS RECEIVED A WAKE UP CALL.

Revelation 3:2 ESV
2 Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.
Revelation: An Introduction and Commentary e. To the Church of Sardis (3:1–6)

Wake up! (cf. Rom. 13:11; 1 Cor. 16:13) is rather ‘Be watchful’ (AV; the tense indicates a continuing state). This must have come home with peculiar force to the church in a city which had twice been captured owing to its failure to watch. Lack of spiritual vigilance may likewise be costly. All was not yet lost, for there are things that remain. But even these are about to die. Unless an ember is fanned into flames it is lost. This church may have pleased men but it did not please God. Nothing it did was complete in the sight of my God; its works were not brought to fulfilment. Why did both Jews and Romans leave this church undisturbed (unlike some of its neighbours)? The answer may well be its lack of aggressive and positive Christianity. ‘Content with mediocrity, lacking both the enthusiasm to entertain a heresy and the depth of conviction which provokes intolerance, it was too innocuous to be worth persecuting’ (Caird).

B- WE OFTEN NEED A SPIRITUAL WAKE UP CALL.

Romans 13:11 ESV
11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.
1 Corinthians 16:13 ESV
13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
1 CORINTHIANS

3-THE PROMISE

A-THE CHURCH OF SARDIS WAS TOLD TO REMEMBER AND REPENT.

Revelation 3:3 ESV
3 Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.
REVELATION
Matthew 24:43 ESV
43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into.
MATT. 24:

B- THEY WERE REMINDED OF THOSE WHO WALK RIGHTEOUSNESS AND URGED TO FOLLOW.

Revelation 3:4–5 ESV
4 Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. 5 The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.
REVELATION 3:

C-THE MESSAGE TO THE CHURCH AT SARDIS APPLIES TO ALL OF US.

Revelation 3:6 ESV
6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
REVELATION
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