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Revelation 1:11 (NKJV)

saying, “I am the Alpha and the 

Omega, the First and the Last,” and, 

“What you see, write in a book and 

send it to the seven churches which 

are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna,

 to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis,

 to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.


The Seven Churches were located on 

a major Roman postal route and are 

listed in the order in which a messenger 

would reach the towns, making a 

semicircular sweep from Ephesus.

The Dead Church

1) “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write,

‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 

2) Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. 

3) Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. 

4) You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 

5) He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but 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.” ’


Revelation 3:1-6 Sardis:

Sardis was a dead church in the ancient capital of the kingdom of Lydia, and of King Croesus (560-546 BC), who issued the first gold coins; here it represents a decadent city of luxury apathy, and licentious religiosity. The church of Sardis represents the church just prior to the time of the Protestant Reformation.

Revelation 3:3: 

I will a thief refers to an unexpected historical judgment, not the Second Coming

Revelation 3:4: 

The only commendation of this church is recognition of the few who are faithful.

Revelation 3:5:

White garments are the robes of the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and thus of victorious joy. I will not blot out his name assures the certainty of the Lord's promise Book of Life is God's eternal record of the redeemed (see Revelation 3: 8. 17:8, 20:12 & 15; Exodus 32:32; Psalm 69:28; Daniel 12:1; Malachi 3:16; Luke 10:20; Philippians 4:3).






Growing in Godliness

Believers are constantly to strengthen the things of God that have become established in their lives. Being ready to repent for any failure, to make right any sin, will cause believers to refine their walk in the Spirit. Outward works do not always indicate a right condition of heart, but a right condition of heart produces good works. 


DO NOT BE lulled to sleep because of a good reputation. keep pressing INTO Jesus. MAKE SURE you practice the teachings you have received. OBEY God's word to you.

Truth In Action: Taken from New Spirit Filled Life Bible 



Keys to Wise Living

The wise believer takes the time to listen with his spiritual hearing to what the Spirit is saying to the church. This is as needed today as it was in the first century. One who hears and follows the voice of the Holy Spirit does not need to fear the deception that leads to apostasy. Rather, he will walk where Jesus requires and will grow in the things of the Spirit of God, which produce healthy, vibrant, Spirit-filled churches capable of preaching the Good News to all the world.


DEVELOP your spiritual ear.

LISTEN to what the Spirit is saying to the church. When forced to choose, OBEY God, not people.

Truth In Action: Taken From New Spirit Filled Life Bible 

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