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Last Week's Sermon | May 22, 2022

SERMON NOTES

7 Churches of Revelation: Sardis

Pastor George Stephens  |  May 22, 2022

 

“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. 

2 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. 

3 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. 

4 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. 

5 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. 

6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’” (Revelation 3:1-6, ESV)

I.  A History of Sardis 

…You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 

 

A City with an imposing citadel, it was famous for 

  • Wealth  
    • Croesus had been their King. His wealth is axiomatic 
    • Sardis was the home of a silver and gold mint 
  • Military Strength (they had a fortress) 
  • Intellectualism 

 

And yet, the city is conquered three times 

  • Once because someone left a gate unlocked 
  • Once because the guards fell asleep 
  • Cyrus was disappointed in his conquest because the houses in the lower city were all made of reeds and lacked anything of value for plunder 

II. Reflecting on the Analogy 

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. V.2 

III. Reactions to the Analogy 

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. V.3 

 

  • Remember 
  • Keep 
  • Repent 

Last Week's Sermon | May 15, 2022

SERMON NOTES

7 Churches of Revelation: Pergamum

Pastor George Stephens  |  May 8, 2022

 

““And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: ‘The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword. “ ‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’” (Revelation 2:12–17, ESV)

INTRODUCTION

I. JESUS CHRIST IS STILL THE FINAL AUTHORITY

““And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: ‘The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword. “ ‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.” (Revelation 2:12–13, ESV)

II. SOME THINGS ARE WORTH DYING FOR

‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.” (Revelation 2:13, ESV)

 

III. WHAT WE GIVE UP IS MORE TELLING THAN WHAT WE HOLD

“But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth.” (Revelation 2:14–16, ESV)

 

• Balak – Too willing to give up truth for a fee

• Israel – Too willing to give up distinction for the expediency of feeling

• Nicolaitans – Too willing to give up conviction for their own authority

IV. GOD VINDICATES THE RIGHTEOUS

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written Rev. George Stephens May 8, 2022 on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’” (Revelation 2:17, ESV)

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