Sardis Church : Alienated From Reality

Sardis Church : Alienated From Reality

To the angel of the church in Sardis write :

“These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds ; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead . Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. Remember therefore, what you have received and heard, obey it 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.

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, He who overcomes will like them be dressed in white . I will never blot out his name from the book of life , but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels. He who has an ear , let him hear what the spirit says to the churches.”

Revelation 3 : 1-6


Sardis has the most interesting and rich heritage among the seven churches mentioned in Revelation. The city is located in the Northeastern part of the Mediterranean Sea, North of Philadelphia and South of Thyatira. The upper city of Sardis is also known as the Acropolis . It was a hill towered above the valley flooer and was once an impregnable fortress. Sardis has well-known people associated with it. Aesop who wrote many fables was from Sardis. King Croesus led Sardis to its greatest era. Sardis was once a wealthy , influential and prominent city during about seven hundred years before the birth of Christ.


A Shocking Revelation of Truth

“I know your deeds” – apparently the church was not lacking in activities.

“You have a reputation of being alive but you are dead”- the church in Sardis has a reputation but it is not the truth,

How could this have happened ?

The church has past achievements and has present woks. The church is physically alive but spiritually dead. There are churches today that are physically alive but in the eyes of the Lord are spiritually dead.

A man maybe breathing, walking, eating, talking, working but without Christ in his life , the Bible says that person is dead. It appears that at the time the letter in Revelation was written, the church in Sardis had more unbelievers than believers and the church did not realize it. The church members dictate what kind of church it would be.

There are vital signs of life such as appetite and growth. The church that is alive demonstrates appetite for JesusChrist, worship and the Word of God. And there must be presence of progress. A true Christian has a great desire for JesusChrist, has great thirst for the Word of God, and has great desire for worshipping God. There are also manifestations of changes in his/her life. A Christian is being transformed from glory to glory. When a professing Christian does not show progress in his/her spirituality, there is a reason to doubt the validity of his faith.

The church in Sardis is a church lacking in reality. There was no reality in the spiritual things they were doing. They were just going through the motion. Everything they do is just plain ritual. The power and presence of God is not alive and real in these rituals. The church is alienated from the presence and truth of Christ, though they were outwardly professing his Name.


Christ Counsel For the Church

It is high time for the church to wake-up and strengthen what remains. Start with what you have and build on it. Strengthen the good things that need to be strengthened.

“For I have not found your deeds complete.”

They were given a chance to complete the unfinished tasks and for the church in Sardis it is time to go back to the Gospel.

“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance : That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried , that he was raised to the third day according to the Scriptures.”

I Corinthians : 15 : 3-4

The Gospel is the believer’s greatest and deepest conviction. It should be the foundation of his faith. CHRIST DIED FOR ME. This was what Charles Spurgeon wanted to be engraved on his tombstone when he was weak and dying.

The Gospel is not just for the unbelievers., not just for the new believers. The meaning of it should master us, continue to take hold of us, to transform us even after many years of being a Christian. We should always go back to the Gospel. Let the message of the Gospel live in us day after day.

The message of repentance is not only for unbelievers but for us Christians as well. It means that there is a need even after we have become Christians to keep repenting, to keep confessing, and to keep turning back to the Lord because our hearts are always prone to wander away from our Lord.


Promise To The Overcomers

The Lord promises to the overcomers that his name will not be blot out from the book of life but his name will be acknowledged before the Father in heaven.

It is wonderful to know that even we are not among world’s list of rich and famous and our name can never be found among Forbes richest men, our name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. That is the most important thing in this life, more than seeing your name among board passers, that your name be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and someday we will jump with joy in Heaven when we found our name there because of what Christ has done for us.


This hub is an excerpt from the Grace Bible Church Vesper Service Message as preached by Brother Benjie Baclagon last Sunday February 20, 2011 at Grace BIble Church in Manila, Philippines.

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"Quill" 5 years ago

When I first became a Christian I started reading the Bible from Genesis and made it as far as Leviticus where I soon got lost. I then turned to the back to Revelations and started reading. It was a troublesome read but what it did was force me back into the Word to search out many explanations.

I started a new study again into Revelations and te power of Christ is an amazing power which we all need to come to know.

Thank you for sharing the Word in such a way...

Blessings and Hugs


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Ate Cristina thank you for yet another lovely Hub, this time showing us the Sardis Church. One day this church must awaken.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

"The message of repentance is not only for unbelievers but for us Christians as well"

Amen blessed sermon to never forget where we came from and what He has done for us.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Cristina,

"The church is physically alive but spiritually dead." How sad!What's even sadder is that the picture of most churches, at least in America.


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godpreacher 5 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

cristina327,

Great Hub. Dynamic Message.

The Body of Christ should be made aware today that the church has a look (reputation), like Sardis, of being alive, yet many are about to die. Many great and wonderful deeds are being done, along with some effective out-reach ministries, yet, the spirit and presence of God, like Elvis, has left the building.I am continually amazed at how correct the gospel writers are when they predicted that in these last days people would flock to those who would tell them what their itching ears wants to hear, to the largest building, the most well known preacher, or where they might find the best opportunities for networking, God is no longer our priority.

God Bless


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi "Quill" it is great to hear from you again. Thank you for visiting and appreciating this hub. Your visit and comments are great source of encouragement to me. They are much appreciated. Always the message of Revelation is strong and powerful. It always leave an indelible impact to its readers. I always find the message of Revelation soul-reviving and spirit-uplifting. I always go back to it to rekindle my passion for the Lord. Remain blessed always. Regards.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Dave Mathews thanks for dropping by and appreciating this hub. I always appreciate your visit. Blessings to you always and regards.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Tamarajo it is great to hear from you again. It is good to see you in this hub. Thank you for appreciating this hub. Your visit and comments are always appreciated. Yes we should always go back to the cross where Christ is crucified. The cross will be a constant reminder of the power of God's love. Blessings to you always. Best regards.


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steven oliver 5 years ago from North Carolina

hey cristina327! long time no read i'm afraid... i've been unable to use my computer for a time. what a blessing to read! thank you for sharing this!!! may God bless you with more of Himself with every passing day!


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi lIfegate thank for dropping by and nice to hear from you. Yes I do believe churches today do need revival. The churches need another mighty visitation from God to be brought back again to reality. It is worth praying about it. Blessings to you and regards.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi godpreacher it is great to hear from you again. Thank you for dropping by. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. Yes many of our churches today have gone just like the Sardis church physically alive but are spiritually dead. Though seemingly many activities are being done today yet seemingly they are futile. Churches today need a fresh touch from God to be revived and restored to its original glory. Churches today are not anymore causing much impact to the world as it was done by first century christians who turned the world upside down. Let us pray for the revival of our churches today. Blessings to you always and regards.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi steven oliver it is great to hear from you again. It is very encouraging to read your comments. Thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. Thank you also for blessing me. Blessings to you as well and beat regards.


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bettybarnesb 5 years ago from Bartlett, TN

cristina327:

Great job on this Hub. It is so wonderful to visit hubbers who love the Lord.

Be Blessed...


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi bettybarnesb it is great to see you on this hub. Thanks for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Remain blessed. Regards.


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Lee Savage 5 years ago from East Canton Ohio

Very Interesting


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Lee Savage thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Blessings and regards.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

Cristina, Excellent Message! “The church in Sardis is a church lacking in reality. There was no reality in the spiritual things they were doing. They were just going through the motion. Everything they do is just plain ritual. The power and presence of God is not alive and real in these rituals. The church is alienated from the presence and truth of Christ, though they were outwardly professing his Name.” Amen! Many today are assembling in this same way! This is a powerful statement that needs to be addressed!

The focus of the Church should always be to bring Glory to God! To encourage believers as well as unbelievers to draw closer to Him! As you stated:”It is high time for the church to wake-up and strengthen what remains. Start with what you have and build on it. Strengthen the good things that need to be strengthened.” Amen & AMEN!! With everything that is going on about us in this world it is clear that the Lord is speaking! Ministry goes beyond the walls! We must daily live out the principles in the Word of God and encourage others to do so as well!.

Thank you for sharing, this insightful and inspiring “Message!” In His Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

HI DeBorrah K. Ogans thank you for taking time to visit this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. They are great source of encouragement for me. Yes it is high time for christianity to go beyond head knowledge and rituals. It is high time for the church to see the reality of God's power in their lives. We should not just be contented with plain head knowledge of christianity. The power of God must be alive in our very lives which is best manifest by our holy lives. Blessings to you and best regrads.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Excellent Hub! Thank you very much for sharing this Truth. You are spot on in your analysis. Well done!


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Thanks James for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Your comment is a great encouragement to me. Remain blessed always. Best regards.

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