To the Church in Sardis

Message 6 of 9 in the series Burn Brightly

“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. 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. 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. 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. 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. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

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Revelation 3:1-6, ESV

Discussion Questions

  • In your own words, what was the main issue the church in Sardis was facing? What do you think led to their good reputation?

  • The one word theme used in this series for the letter to Sardis is ‘Vigilant’. What was causing the church in Sardis to feel secure about their faith? What had caused them to become a ‘dead’ church?

  • According to the sermon, what are 3 keys to remaining spiritually vigilant? Which one do you struggle to do the most?

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