AN AUTOPSY OF A DEAD CHURCH Revelation 3:1-6

Introduction: Imagine you are creeping, singed, close demise, across a hot consuming desert. You are passing on of thirst and near dying. However, ahead, you see a sign that peruses, "Cool, clear, nurturing water - just five miles ahead". This sign gives you reestablished energy, new expectation and you proceed with your torturing slither across the dry sand. As you show up at the guaranteed place, you see a superb structure, brilliant in its magnificence, the sign external welcomes you in, alluring you with the guarantee of nurturing water.
So you slither through the passage into a great structure and there before you is the guaranteed well, with the can fit to be let down and loaded up with water to extinguish your thirst and to empty life back into your body. With the last bit of your solidarity, you bring down the can into the well, expecting a sprinkle as the can hits the water, yet it won't ever come. The lone sound is the dull crash of the pail winding up in a real predicament. You feel that maybe you are simply dazed, so you reel in the container just to think that it is loaded with dust. Residue that can't extinguish your thirst, yet dust that just extends the thirst and annihilates all expectation. Sound unrealistic? This is the experience of many individuals who go to God's home hoping to filled and took care of with the water and bread of life, just to track down every one of the features and the ceremonies, however no assistance or expectation for every one of those who've advanced there. Such was the state of the congregation we are thinking about today. The congregation in Sardis had assumed the personality of the city in which she dwelled. A little foundation on the city will assist us with understanding the state of this congregation. · Sardis was the capital city of Lydia. · It was established around 1,200 BC. · The first city sat on the highest point of a 1,500 foot high level. There was one restricted street driving into the city. Different sides of the level were simply steep precipices. This made the city exceptionally protected and almost invulnerable by attacking armed forces. · Sardis was the home of Aesop, who's tales we as a whole heard as youngsters. · Gold and silver coins were first stamped here. · The city of Sardis was well known for the businesses that worked there. Rug, fleece and colored fabric were their essential items. It is said that the specialty of coloring was concocted at Sardis. · At one time, Sardis had been perhaps the best city on the planet. It arrived at its pinnacle under King Croesus. Lord Croesus and Sardis were popular all throughout the planet for their abundance. In that piece of the world, it is still entirely expected to hear the expression, "As affluent as Croesus". · While Sardis arrived at its apex under Croesus, it likewise fell under his rule. He and individuals of the city became self-satisfied in their riches, their influence and their city's clear power. At the point when that area where Sardis was found went under assault by Cyrus the Persian, King Croesus and his kin withdrew to their city, accepting they were protected. One evening, one of the Persian fighters saw a Sardinian trooper drop his head protector over the mass of the city. He looked as that fighter followed a secret way down the side of the mountain to recover his protective cap. At the point when dusk came, Cyrus and his soldiers followed the secret way up the side of the mountain, entered the city while the gatekeepers dozed and vanquished Sardis. · Sardis recovered a portion of its previous abundance under the rule of Alexander the Great, however was attacked and crushed by Antiochus the Great, who additionally entered the city around evening time while the watchmen rested. · When the Romans came, Sardis was as yet a well off, incredible city, however it was only a shell of its previous self. By John's day, Sardis was only a shell of what it had been. Individuals had become sluggish, degenerate, improper and smug. Sardis was kicking the bucket through unresponsiveness and lack of interest. · The city was pleased with its past; it was glad for its standing. Yet, its standing was all it had left. All things considered, the city of Sardis was dead, even while it lived. Obviously, the congregation in Sardis had embraced the climate of the city. The congregation had become a thermometer that enrolled the temperature of the city rather than an indoor regulator that changed the temperature of the city. It is to this congregation that had become lethargic, emotionless and careless that the Lord Jesus comes. Similarly as certainly as the city of Sardis was biting the dust, so was the congregation if Christ around there. Jesus has no expressions of honor for them, yet He has a few expressions of advice. I might want for us to take a gander at our Lord's words to this withering church. There is an expression of caution for us in these stanzas also. Allow me just to advise you that these letters can be seen three different ways. 1.) Practically – These letters were composed to genuine houses of worship with main problems. 2.) Prophetically – These letters picture the congregation at different phases of chapel history. This specific church pictures the period among 1,500 and the Rapture. It pictures the Protestant Reformation. It pictures dead conventionality. It pictures the condition of many chapels in our reality. 3.) Personally – These letters have a remark to each congregation and each adherent who goes under the sound of their message. I need to think about the expressions of Jesus to this congregation today. He has a remark to them and He has a comment to us also. We should tune in as Jesus, the Great Physician, plays out An Autopsy Of A Dead Church. I. v. 1 THE GREAT PHYSICIAN'S PRONOUNCEMENT A. He Comes Proclaiming His Deity – Jesus results in these present circumstances church as One Who has the "seven Spirits of God" and as One Who is holding the "seven stars". The "seven Spirits of God" allude to the Holy Spirit in His total service. The seven-crease service of the Spirit is characterized in Isaiah 11:2. In His grasp is the plentitude of the Holy Spirit. This is a suggestion to the houses of worship that we are to work, not under the force of human ability, initiative and association, however under the wonderful force of the Holy Spirit. At the point when the congregation strolls in the force of the tissue, we will clearly come up short, however when we stroll in the force of the Spirit, there will be achievement. There will be brilliance and there will be force and life rather than deadness and insufficiency! (Sick. At the point when the human soul is in charge of the human body, stunning things can be refined. For example, a piano player can take a seat at a console; perform a large number of fragile, exact developments that will deliver wonderful music. In any case, let that equivalent piano player experience some injury that leaves the arms incapacitated, and the psyche is at this point not in charge of those arms, hands and fingers. Then, at that point, attempt as it may, the human soul can't will the hands to make music. So as well, when the Spirit of God is in charge of the individuals from the congregation, extraordinary things can be cultivated. Nonetheless, when He isn't, loss of motion is the outcome and nothing can be cultivated for God.) The "seven stars" are the Pastors of the holy places, Rev. 1:20. They are the couriers who bring individuals the Word of God. Jesus shows up as One Who has all the congregation requires to succeed. His Spirit has all the force the places of worship need. His Word has all the heading His holy places need. Jesus is by all accounts saying, "In the event that you will submit to me, you will discover in me all you need to achieve my central goal in this world." (Note: That is a message the advanced church needs today. Men are attempting each strategy under the sun to arrive at heathens, and to accomplish crafted by the congregation. However, all the force we need is found in the totality of the Holy Ghost and in the Word of God. What we need is definitely not another technique; however another craving to look for the totality of the Holy Spirit and do everything as per the lessons of the Word of God.) B. He Comes Proclaiming His Discernment – Jesus advises them, "I know thy works". He comes as One Who sees all and knows all. He doesn't laud their works and He doesn't denounce their works. He only discloses to them that He knows all that they are doing. (Note: He knows all that we are doing as well! He sees everything, alongside the intentions that drive us to do what we do, Heb. 4:12-13; Psa. 139:2. He considers us to be an entire, and He sees the person also. He knows your heart. He knows all that you do and He knows why you do it. That is a calming thought.) C. He Comes Proclaiming His Diagnosis – Apparently, their works gave them the presence of life. Jesus discloses to them that they have that standing. They were an occupied with, working church with an incredible standing among men. From every visible presentation, this congregation was everything a congregation should be. They accepted the right things and they were occupied to acceptable all around the local area. Each and every individual who saw them took a gander at them and said, "That congregation is ablaze!" I am certain that when individuals moved to Sardis from different towns, their Pastors recommended that they visit this congregation. It had every one of the appearances of life. Be that as it may, things were not as they appeared! The Great Physician put His finger on the beat of this congregation and articulated them dead! Regardless others thought, Jesus knew reality. Despite what others might have thought about this congregation, Jesus knew reality. He discloses to them that despite the fact that everybody thinks they are alive, they are, truth be told, dead! This word implies exactly what it says! Like a dead man, the congregation at Sardis was "penniless of power or force. They were incapable and broken." They were dead! There was action, yet it was not otherworldly in nature. There was hecticness, yet they were bringing nothing endless to pass. They were lecturing, yet lives were not being changed and delinquents were not being saved. They were occupied, however they were working in

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