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 Do Not Rely On Your Reputation ALONE! (#5 - Sardis)

Revelation 3:1-6

Dr. Simon Goncharenko 21 Fellowship, SBC June 19, 2011

 

 

  1. There is only so far that a church can go on reputation alone – v. 1.
    1. Jesus, the church’s architect always knows it’s true state.

 

  1. A church that wants to be vibrant has to remain watchful – vv. 2-3.
    1. A vibrant church must be constantly alert.
    2. A church that abandons its fervor does not please God.
    3. A vibrant church must adjust its direction every once in a while.
    4. A church that refuses to be watchful may be extinguished.

 

  1. Even when a church goes south it usually has a faithful remnant – vv. 4-6.
    1. These are the people who remain unstained.
    2. These people will be rewarded for their faithfulness.
      1. They will commune with God.
      2. Their faithfulness will be made known in eternity.
      3. Their names will never be erased from the book of life.
      4. Their names will be declared before God the Father and His angels.

 

BIG IDEA

 

To stay vibrant a church must regularly evaluate its fidelity to its purpose and strive to be in sync with the Spirit’s direction.