Hello everybody and welcome in to episode #337 of the Bible 2021 podcast. We are reading Revelation 3 today and our focus is on What Does Jesus Have to Say to The Church? What is Jesus Saying Right Now to His Church? What Kinds of Churches Does Jesus Commend: Great and Powerful Churches or Weak and Poor Churches? We are a daily 10ish minute podcast, where we will dig in to the truth of the Word of God by reading one Bible chapter a day and discussing it. Welcome to new listeners in Our goal is to encourage DAILY Bible reading, so you can jump in at any time and join with us. We want to invite as many people as possible to join us in daily Bible reading, so help spread the word and share the podcast! Don’t forget about our web-page, Bible2021.com – contact page, show notes, transcript and more– Click here for our Bible 2021 reading plan\
Fifth letter: Sardis. I have long marvelled that there are still churches named “Sardis” in the United States, including some in the city I grew up in. This is surprising, because the church at Sardis in Revelation is really challenged by Jesus, “I know your works; you have a reputation for being alive, but you are dead. ” Rev 3:2 In fact, the most positive thing Jesus says about the church at Sardis is, “4 But you have a few people in Sardis who have not defiled their clothes, and they will walk with me in white, because they are worthy.” Revelation 3:4. This tells us this ultimate value of reputation: in spiritual terms, a reputation isn’t worth much, is it? Sardis church was supposedly alive and lively, but Jesus said, quite flatly, that they were dead. What was His prescription for this church? “3 Remember, then, what you have received and heard; keep it, and repent. If you are not alert, I will come like a thief, and you have no idea at what hour I will come upon you.” Revelation 3:3 The cure for spiritual deadness, then, is to remember God’s Word – KEEP it, guard it, treasure it, and repent so that you turn back to following it. That will bring life.
Bible Memory passage for the month of December: Revelation 5:12, “They said with a loud voice: Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing!”
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