The Church of Sardis, mentioned in Revelation 3, had a great reputation. When people thought of the model church this church was on the list. I have a feeling that if this church existed today they would have great conferences where thousands of church leaders around the country would come to find out how they do ministry. Their pastor would be popular in the convention and have several bestselling books. However, Jesus said they were dead. Twice in Revelation 3 he tells the church to “wake up”. They had a reputation of being alive, but they were dead. What a great picture of the church in America. All over the world we have a reputation of being the greatest Christians on earth. However, many of churches are failing. They are dead and void of all power.
November 4-7 we will have a revival. The theme of our revival is “Awaken”. Let us pray that God pours his spirit out onto us in such a way that we wake up. Let us get beyond our comfortable and powerless religious rituals and get back to a powerful relationship with Jesus Christ that drives us into the world.
Romans 13:11 “Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.”