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Sardis: Choose an Alive Church (6 of 8)
Series: Choosing a Church
We're doing a study of the seven churches of the book of the Revelation, the letters of our Lord to the churches. We're trying to learn from them how to choose a church where you will attend and where you belong, and how to choose a church where you are ministered to and where you serve the Lord.
I'm speaking on the church of Sardis and the message is entitled "Choose an Alive Church." The message is taken giving a positive spin to a negative message to the church of Sardis.
This is the fifth in the series of seven letters of our Lord to the churches of Asia Minor. We are studying them in the year 2004 because the lessons learned about those churches teach us a great deal about churches today and warn us of the dangers to avoid. It also encourages us in the positive things a church ought to be.
Unfortunately, the church of Sardis is a church to whom Jesus Christ has absolutely no positive word to say. There is no word of praise. There is no commendation. It is a church which only receives a warning from the Lord.
Let me give you a little bit of the background about the city of Sardis. When you learn about the cities, it will tell you something about the churches which are located there. The city of Sardis was about 30 miles southeast of Thyatira where we were last Sunday. It was located in a fertile plain. The city was on a spur of Mount Tmolus. It was a rather large city, about one hundred and twenty thousand in population. It was a city that was known for its commerce, a center of the woolen and garment industry. The first minted coins that we ever have a record of were minted in the city of Sardis.
It was a city filled with many pagan temples. They had a theater that would seat between 12 and 15 thousand people, almost 5,000 more than this building will seat. There was also an arena. It was a city that was very famous in ...
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