Pastor Tom Sawhook
Sunday, February 28, 2010
A Study in the Book Of The Revelation
“THE LIVING DEAD”
(The Church at Sardis)
Seven features centered around this theme
I. THE CHIEF INSPECTOR: LORD JESUS
Rev. 3:1, Rev. 1:20, Isaiah 11:2
II. THE CHURCH: CHURCH AT SARDIS
Rev. 3:1, Acts 19:10 "All they which dwelt in Asia"
III. THE CITY: SARDIS
Founded around 12 B.C., captial
Known for Aesops Fables from Sardis
Gold and silver coins
Center of wool production--dyeing wool
Located 30 miles south of Thyratira
Sardis was built on a hill, 1500 ft. above the lowest area or valley
They became over confident and were conquered
Came under Roman rule about 33 B.C.
Earthquake destroyed the city
Goddess Sybil - sexual immorality
IV. THE CONCERN:
Rev. 3:1 "and art dead"
BE CAREFUL OF RESTING IN ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE PAST, WHILE DOING NOTHING
IN THE PRESENT.
Ex. Husband and wife relationships (the way it used to be) or in sports (what I used to do)
Hope that's not a picture of you. Are you living in the past?
DEADNESS WAS ALSO ASSOCIATED WITH UNBELIEVERS:
CHURCH ATTENDANCE-----CHRIST AS SAVIOR = LOST!! (dead)
Lost people in churches cater to:
1) Creeds 2) Communion
3) Candles 4) Choir
5) Carnal challenges (fleshly)
Ephesians 2:1 - "who were dead in trespasses and sin"
2. Deeds - not completed
Rev. 3:2 "perfect before God"
REMEMBER, IT'S NOT THE QUANTITY OF YOUR WORKS, BUT RATHER THE QUALITY THAT
COUNTS BEFORE CHRIST.
You can do many many works, but if you start then don't complete them, it's not good.
V. THE COMMENDATION-
* He commands some for remaining pure.
Rev. 3:4 "few---have not defiled their garments.."
Garments speak of character.
Jude 23 "garment spotted by the flesh"
DON'T LET ANYONE INTIMIDATE YOU CONCERNING YOUR PURITY!
Young people have so many pressures in our society-----don't let anyone intimidate you!
Rev. 3:4 "and they shall walk with me in white; for they are worthy"
What if I'm not pure? Confess your sins and start fresh.
VI. THE COMMAND:
Make the necesary changes
Rev. 3:2 "Be watchful"
Rev. 3:3 "hold fast and repent"
THE LORD IS WILLING TO RESCUE ANYONE WHO WILL COMPLY TO HIS INSTRUCTION.
Compliance that deals with:
1. Reacting with spiritual alertness
Rev. 3:2 "Be watchful"
* Poor devotional habits
*Poor choices of friends
2. Reviving your spiritual state
*View of the lost
3. Returning to the Word
Rev. 3:3 Rev. 4:12
The Word can:
1) Change us
Psalm 119:9 cleanse his way
2) Challenge us
Psalm 119:11 "that I might not sin against Thee"
3) Counsel us
Psalm 119:24 "my counselor"
4) Cheer us
Psalm 119:47 "I will delight myself in thy commandments"
5) Comforts us
Psalm 119:5 "comforted myself"
6) Calm us
Psalm 119:65 "great peace have they which love thy law"
4. Responding to the truth
Rev. 3:3 "hold fast"
To give heed to, observe, to do, to carry out.
Rev. 3:3 Hold fast and repent.
What happens if they don't repent?
"I will come on thee as a thief and thou shalt not know what hour I will come unto thee"
VII. THE CHALLENGE - Looking forward to the Son's promise
1. Perfect sanctification
Rev. 3:5 "be clothed in white rainment"
Rev. 19: 7, 8 "arrayed in fine linen, clean and white"
2. Permanent Security
Lamb's Book of ife
3. Pronouncement of the Son
Rev. 3:5 "but I will confess his name"
Matt. 10:32 "him also will I confess before the Father which is in heaven"
Have you confessed Jesus to others??
Each church has a promise.
Listening to the Spirit's exhortation.
Rev. 3:6 "He that hath an ear to hear.. "
May we listen and learn and not be side tracked and be the "Church of the Living Dead".
Let's be alive for Him!!