The Church of Sardis is the church that dying and what Jesus says to a dying church.
How He helps us, not to give up, but to ____________ up.
Three Prayers That You and I Can Pray Based On What Jesus Says To This Church
1. “Lord, help me to see the _______________ between who I am and what You want to see happening in my life.” Between reputation and reality.
2. “Lord, help me to ____________________ the gaps.”
Jesus is talking about, How to _______________________ anything.
The Sardis Christians were living on their________________________.
Two Points where we are the most vulnerable
Our weakest point
Our _______________________ point
How do I revitalize something in my life? Strengthen what__________________.
How do I revitalize something in my life? Remember what you have heard, Remember__________ _____________.
It is possible to read God’s word without it making any impact in your life.
If you are not reading God’s word, there is no possibility for impact in your life.
The only way you are going to ________ ______________is through the Word of God.
How do I revitalize something in my life? Obey and _______________.
How do I revitalize something in my life? You let go of ____________ _____________
3. The prayer of confidence, “Lord, I will overcome.”
The picture of one who overcomes is the person who is dressed in_________________.
Jesus is saying, “I will _________________ blot your name out.”
Each Message to the Seven Churches Ends with a Promise of Victory to Those Who Overcome
Revelation 2:7, “To him who overcomes I will give the right to eat from the tree of life:
2:11, “He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second __________________.”
2:17, “He who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna”
2:26, “He who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give
_________________ over the nations”
3:5, “He who overcomes will be dressed in white”
3:12, “He who overcomes, I will make a _________ in the household of my God”
3:21, “he who overcomes, I will give the right to sit on my throne”
1 John 5:4-5
What does it mean to be one who overcomes? It means that you believe in Jesus Christ. That you’ve trusted Him to be born again.
Key: wake, gaps, close, revitalize, reputation, Strongest, remains, God’s Word, grow spiritually, repent, false security, whit, never, death, authority, pillar
To the angel of the Church at Philadelphia, it is what Jesus says to a growing church.
It is what Jesus says when growth is happening in your life.
These are verses all about an open door. (vs. 8)
Three keys for opening those doors in your life.
1. Get acquainted with the ________ _____________.
If doors are to open in my lives, I have to recognize that Jesus is holy, that He has distinct claim upon my life and character that no one else has.
I must recognize His _________________.
Isaiah 22:22—Key of David
The word, “soon” means “at any __________________.”
2. Look for _______________ doors.
Sometimes, we have a tendency to fix our eyes on the _________________doors of life
Scripture has many “doors” that are always open to us, God’s love, forgiveness, prayer,
and also (as in Philadelphia) ____________________.
When other people speak of the closed door in their life, remember that is an open door for you to talk about Jesus Christ.
3. Walk Through the open doors
Paul taught, “When I am weak, then I am strong”
Jesus taught us, “When I have faith as a__________ _________, then I can move mountains.”
Jesus describes the character of people who walk through open doors with the phrase,
“because you have kept _____ ________.” (vs. 8) and
“You have not _________________ my name.”
Key: door keeper, authority, moment, open, closed, witnessing, mustard seed, my word, denied