Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Revelation of Christ – Part 7: Sardis The Spiritless Church - HOFC


The Revelation of Christ – Part 7:
Sardis The Spiritless Church - HOFC
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | www.PS127.org | www.TruthDigest.org

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SERMON INTRODUCTION
The Book of Revelation, or the Revelation of Christ, is the most difficult book in the bible.

Because of this fact, many avoid it, or ignore it all together. Some fear lack of understanding, others afraid to misinterpret, which I guess it is better to avoid than dive in and get it completely wrong.

Many times, when a new believer comes to me for direction, they want to jump right into Revelation and find out what’s to come.

This is equivalent to deciding one day to learn Mandarin and sitting down to author a novel in Chinese that very same day.

Or, a kindergartener learning how to count, and then trying to calculate quantum mechanics calculations.

The words in Revelation have caused much debate on rapture, judgement, even some who claim John was writing about the events in his day in code rather than Jesus Christ revealing to him about the coming events and Judgment.

A special blessing is promised to those who read Revelation.

Although it may be a difficult book, we could all use a special blessing, reading this is good for us all, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will take the Revelation of Christ in small portions and gain understanding, little by little.
 
SERMON SERIES

THE THINGS WHICH ARE – The Church Age (Age of Grace)
Part 3 – Ephesus The Backsliding Church

Part 4 – Smyrna The Steadfast Church
Part 5 – Pergamos The Immoral Church
Part 6 – Thyatira The Careless Pagan Church
Part 7 – Sardis The Spiritless Church
Part 8 – Philadelphia The Favored Church
Part 9 – Laodicea The Church God Hates

THE THINGS WHICH SHALL BE – The Coming Judgment
Part 10 – The Throne of God
Part 11 – The Living Creatures (Various Angels)
Part 12 – Heavenly Worship (As it is in Heaven)
Part 13 – The Sealed Book (Various Books)
Part 14 – The Lion and the Lamb
Part 15 – The First 6 Seals
Part 16 – The 144,000 Jews
Part 17 – The Tribulation Saints
Part 18 – The Seventh Seal
Part 19 – The First 4 Trumpets
Part 20 – The 5th Trumpet
Part 21 – The 6th Trumpet
Part 22 – The Mighty Angel
Part 23 – The Two Witnesses
Part 24 – The Seventh Trumpet
Part 25 – The Woman and the Dragon
Part 26 – Manchild
Part 27 – Michael
Part 28 – Overcomers
Part 29 – Persecution
Part 30 – Antichrist
Part 31 – The Lamb

More sermons in the series listed in Part 1


TODAY’S SERMON
Part 7 – Sardis the Spiritless Church

Revelation 1:3
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”


SCRIPTURE READING
Revelation 3:1-6
 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write:
These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits[b] of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. 3 Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.
4 Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. 5 The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels. 6 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

          I.      INTRODUCTION
a.   To the angel of the Sardis church, write
                                     i.   Angel (messenger of God) is referring to the pastor of the church
                                    ii.   Jesus stands among the lampstands (churches)
                                   iii.   Jesus provides the light for them (His Spirit)
                                   iv.   Jesus holds the seven stars in His hands (pastors of the church)

b.   These are the Word of Him
                                     i.   Who holds the seven Spirits of God (His Spirit in each church)
                                    ii.   And the seven stars (the Pastor in each church)

c.   I know your deeds
                                     i.   You have a reputation of being alive
1.   Reputations are not always accurate
2.   Reputations do not always tell the real story

                                    ii.   You have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.
1.   Define a church being “alive” by reputation;
a.   Maybe they had a lot of members
b.   Maybe their members were rich or popular in the town
c.   Maybe the church had a lot of money
d.   Maybe they were very active in the community
e.   Maybe they had a huge music show
f.    Maybe they were active on the social justice scene
g.   Maybe the members were well liked in the community
h.   Maybe they were the “popular” kid

2.   But the Lord says, “but you are dead”

                                   iii.   Jesus just said, “These are the words of Him who holds the seven Spirits of God”
1.   He alone is responsible for the outpouring of the Spirit in the church
2.   And this is what was missing in Sardis
a.   The Spirit of God, which makes a church alive!

                                   iv.   This doesn’t mean loud music, jumping in the isles, falling down in unison, dancing with snakes and drinking strychnine, or any other wild imagination one may deceive themselves with.
1.   It means the Spirit of God is at work!
a.   People are accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior
b.   People are receiving and properly using the Spiritual Gifts
c.   People are receiving the Whole Armor of God
d.   People are living and displaying the Spiritual Fruits
e.   People are receiving the blessings and benefits of belonging to God
f.    People are sharing the Gospel with others
g.   People are being baptized
h.   People are not remaining on milk (the basics of salvation) but learning and growing with meat of the Word, becoming Spiritually mature

2.   All signs that the Spirit of God is at work

                                    v.   Think about this for a moment;
1.   Lots of members does not mean the Spirit of God is at work
a.   There are currently 1.15 Billion members of Hinduism
b.   1.8 Billion members of Islam

2.   Lots of Money doesn’t mean the Spirit of God is at work. Scientology has rich and famous actors in their midst
a.   Mormons have the most money, with a value of 67 Billion dollars

3.   Involvement socially doesn’t equate the power of God Spirit at work.
a.   The church of Satan is involved in social justice causes

4.   As far as the “Christian” music scene
a.   Amy Grant is now saying she’s gay
b.   Lauren Daigle says she doesn’t think gay is morally wrong, so great music doesn’t mean the Spirit of God is at work.

                                   vi.   What does the Spirit at work look like in a church?
1.   People are accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior
2.   People are receiving and properly using the Spiritual Gifts
3.   People are receiving the Whole Armor of God
4.   People are living and displaying the Spiritual Fruits
5.   People are receiving the blessings and benefits of belonging to God
6.   People are sharing the Gospel with others
7.   People are being baptized outward expression & Holy Spirit
8.   People are not remaining on milk (the basics of salvation) but learning and growing with meat of the Word, becoming Spiritually mature

         II.      WAKE UP!
a.   Strengthen what remains
                                     i.   They still had a remnant, a chance to regain their place
                                    ii.   Strengthen it before it dies
                                   iii.   This would mean turning from what the world considered “a successful church” (reputation) and returning and building upon what the Lord calls a successful church.


b.   Remember, therefore
                                     i.   What you have received and heard, hold on to it and repent!
                                    ii.   Hold on to the Truth, and repent of the worldly


c.   If you do not wake up…
                                     i.   Because we always have a choice with God
                                    ii.   “I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come for you.”


        III.      THOSE WHO FOLLOW ME
a.   You have a few who have not soiled their clothes
                                     i.   There is always a few in every place
                                    ii.   God allows His light to shine in all dark places, if we are willing to serve
                                   iii.   These have not soiled their clothes, meaning, their white garments are clean.
1.   When we receive Christ as our Lord, He covers us with His garment, if we follow Him and stay true, our garments remain unsoiled.
2.   If we turn from Him, sin soils our garments

                                   iv.   “They (the few) will walk with me dressed in white, for they are worthy.”


b.   The ones who are victorious like them (abstaining from sinful/worldly living) will be dressed in white
                                     i.   Living by the Spirit
                                    ii.   Putting our trust in Jesus, not ourselves
                                   iii.   Repenting, turning from sin, working out our own salvation by growing in the Word and becoming Spiritually Mature.


c.   I will never blot out their name
                                     i.   This statement tells us a few things;
1.   A) Our name CAN be blotted out (sorry once saved always saved)
2.   B) We can remain in Him when we live Victoriously!
3.   Blessings come through obedience!

                                    ii.   For the thought of “blotting out” or “losing salvation” to be a true doctrine means there has to be scriptures throughout the bible about the matter…and there are.
1.   Exodus 17:14 The Lord tells Moses He will blot out the name of Amalek
2.   Exodus 32:32 Moses tells God “please forgive their sin – if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.”
3.   Exodus 32:33 The Lord replied to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against me I will blot out of my book.”
4.   Deuteronomy 9:14; 25:6; 25:19; 29:20; 2 Kings 14:27
5.   Psalm 69:28 “May they be blotted out of the book of life and not be listed with the righteous.”

                                   iii.   James 5:19-20 “My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”



1.   Keys;
2.   “brothers & sisters” he is speaking to believers
3.   “if one of YOU should wander from the truth”
a.   A believer can leave the truth

4.   And someone should bring that person back       
a.   YOU can come back!

5.   Whoever turns that sinner
a.   The believer who wandered from the truth is called a sinner now

6.   Whoever turns that sinner from the error of their way
a.   Turning the believer from the sin (causing them to repent)

7.   Will save their soul from the second death and cover a multitude of sins
a.   Second death – Revelation 21:8 “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

b.   Repentance returns the believer to the “saved” state, and saves them from the Second Death of judgment!

8.   It is clear, if the believer wandered from the truth, and did NOT repent, he would have been LOST to the Second Death of judgment!!!

9.   YOU CAN LOSE YOUR SALVATION if you wander from the truth of the Lord and return to living in sin!

10.      SO REPENT!
11.      If this were not so, this scripture would NOT exist, AND the LORD would NOT call this church to REPENT!

a.   There would be no reason for them to repent if they couldn’t lose their position with the Lord!

CONCLUSION – Whoever has ears, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches
What are the rewards the Lord promises to the Victorious?
Ephesus - To the one who is VICTORIOUS I (Jesus) will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.

Smyrna - The one who is VICTORIOUS will not be hurt at all by the second death.


Pergamos - The one who is VICTORIOUS I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.

Thyatira – To the one who is VICTORIOUS (Repents of Jezebels false teachings, or never fell for them to begin with) I will give authority over the nations (Kingdom Age Rule) that one “will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery” (Psalm 2:9)  Just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give that one the morning star.

Sardis - The one who is VICTORIOUS will, like them (the ones who did not soil their garments with sin), be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person (the one who remains in the truth and doesn’t soil their garments with sinful living) from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.

Whosoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.




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