What Jesus Hates About Church

The Sleeping Church (Sardis)

What Jesus Hates About Church

Lesson 3: The Sleeping Church (Sardis)

April 1 & 2, 2017

 

Revelation 3:1 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Sardis…” “…I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive - but you are dead.” New Living Translation

 

Matthew 23:27 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs - beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity. 28 Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness.” New Living Translation

 

Revelation 3:2 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. New International Version

 

#1 TURN THE LIGHTS ON

 

1 John 1:5 ...God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. 6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. New Living Translation

 

Ephesians 5:8So act like children of the light. 9 For the fruit of the light is all that is good, right, and true. 10 Make it your aim to learn what pleases our Lord. 11 Don’t get involved with the fruitless works of darkness; instead, expose them to the light of God. The Voice

 

The enemy wants to HIDE sin now so he can EXPOSE sin later…

 

…God wants to EXPOSE sin now so He can HIDE sin later.

 

Ephesians 5:13-14 When the light shines, it exposes even the dark and shadowy things and turns them into pure reflections of light. This is why they sing, Awake, you sleeper! Rise from your grave, and the Anointed One will shine on you. The Voice

 

#2 STIMULATE YOUR SENSES

 

Ephesians 4:17 “…You must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. New International Version

 

Ezekiel 11:19 And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart, New Living Translation

 

#3 BUDDY UP!

 

2 Corinthians 6:14 Don't team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? New Living Translation

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