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REVELATION: CHRIST AMONG THE CANDLESTICKS Message Eight HOW TO BE BUSY WITHOUT HYPOCRISY Revelation 3:1-6

Sardis: The Faulty Church AD 1453-1611

I. Reputation Is Noted, 1-2

A. The Message, 1

B. The Malady, 2

1. Duty

2. Decay

3. Drift

II. Reform Is Needed, 3-6

A. The Call to Remembrance, 3

B. The Call to a Remnant, 4-6

1. Wash & Be Clothed, 4

2. Walk & Be Confirmed, 5

3. Worship & Be Conformed, 6

KEY TRUTH: Either Fight for Truth or You Fall!

Defn.: The number seven in the Bible is the number of

Thesis: The root problem of Christianity today is we are so self-sufficient we are not desperately on the work of the Holy Ghost.

Point 1. The great danger of success is that the higher you go the more

you become.

Lesson 1. We can carry the light into the night by being

we do, everything we endure, and everywhere we go, by the seven Spirits of the one holy God.

and empowered for everything

Point 2. A church void of the work of the Holy Spirit will be a church void of biblical

Point 3. The Holy Spirit’s job is to make sure Satan doesn’t get his

in places where God has placed you.

Lesson 2. Discipleship makes you stay

, because discipleship communicates life, and not just knowledge.

Point 4. Whenever you try to fix-up the outside, without addressing the inside, you are a

Point 5. You cannot experience spiritual progress without spiritual

Lesson 3. You must be able to look at your spiritual life in terms of

STEPS TO BECOMING AN AUTHENTIC BELIEVER, REV 3:2-3

1. Be

2. Strengthen the things that

Lesson 4. You are never so totally destitute you cannot

right where you are.

3.

Go back to what you

know

4.

and take your high heels off

Point 6. You are not repenting when you give

, not deletions.

Lesson 5. Your growth and gain is always measured by what you are really doing, not by what you’re

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Lesson 6. If you want to strengthen your Christian life and build this body of Christ, hook up with people who are where you are going.

THREE MOTIVATIONS FOR OUR MOMENTUM

1. I will give you

2. I will not

3. I will

raiment

your name

your name

KEY TRUTH: Either Fight for Truth or You Fall!

CHRONOLOGY OF CHURCH HISTORY AD 1453-1611 REVELATION 3:1-6—Sardis: In Need of Reality

PEOPLE

DATES

MOVEMENTS

Forerunners to the Reformation

Peter of Waldo

1176

Waldensians

John Wycliffe

1330-1384

Lollards

John Hus

1372-1415

Moravians

Girolamo Savonarola

1452-1498

 

Jan Van Ruysbroeck, Gerhard Grote

1381

Brethren of the Common Life

Lutheran Reformation (Germany, Scandinavia, Baltic)

   

Martin Luther

1483-1546

Lutheranism

Swiss Reformation

Huldreich Zwingli

1484-1531

Merged into Calvinism

Conrad Grebel, Felix Manz

1523

Anabaptists, Mennonites

John Calvin

1509-1564

Reformed, Puritan

Nationalistic Reformations

France

1516-1572

Huguenots

England

1534-1603

Anglicans, Puritans, Congregationalists, Baptists

Scotland (John Knox)

1528-1572

Presbyterianism

The Netherlands

1568-1648

Reformed

Counter-Reformation

Religious Orders

1534

Jesuits

The Inquisition

1542

 

The Council of Trent

1545-1563

 

New Spirituality

 

Imitation of Christ

Result: Religious Apartheid of Europe

1618-1648

The Thirty Years War