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Slow Death (5 of 7)
Series: 7 Churches In Revelation
INTRO: Leonardo Da Vinci painted the masterpiece, "THE LAST SUPPER". He sought long for one to model for Christ. From one of the churches in Rome, he located a chorister with lovely features; a man who he thought was the perfect picture of Jesus, the young man's name was PIETRO BANDINELLI.
After many years the painting was still unfinished. All the disciples had been portrayed except one; Judas. A beggar from the streets of Rome was brought in, he had a face so villainous that one shuttered when one saw him. Leonardo felt he would be perfect to represent Judas. After completing the painting, before dismissing the villainous bum, Da Vinci asked the beggar his name ... to everyone's shock the beggar responded, "My name is PIETRO BANDINELLI!"
What had happened in the intervening years? This man had experienced a slow spiritual death, from a faithful churchman to a gutter bum. The degrading power of sin had gradually taken its toll, from the likeness of Jesus to that of Judas!
TRANS. SENT: Our commitment to God's Word and His ways must be a continual process, even repetitious if we are to avoid the gradual effects and erosion of sin in our lives. We cannot afford to be off guard for a moment, lest sin's influence begins to erode our perception of sin. It can happen to anyone spiritually sleeping, this is the story of the church in SARDIS!
PROP. SENT: This text will teach us that we must be always awake and on guard against an ungodly culture slowly wearing away our vigilance against sin, even the most faithful saint can slowly lose their sensitivity to sin if they fail to keep a clear understanding of righteousness.
I. NAME OF THE CHURCH Rev. 3:1
A. False Security Rev. 3:la
1. Sardis (name may mean "Remnant") was a horribly ungodly and immoral city!
a. The city boasted of its city goddess Cybele, a mother goddess that included some of the most ...
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