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The Letter to the Church at Sardis

March 16, 2022

Leadership Notes

Revelation 3:1-6 - "Not Good"

In the adult Sunday School class I lead, we looked at the Reformation in England and Scotland. One of the driving forces of reform was getting the Bible into the hands of laypeople…the accessibility of God's Word in the common language so people could read it and understand it.

Well, that effort was a threat to the institutional church. The last thing they wanted was people measuring and weighing church practices and teachings against the standard of God's Word. If you can control communication, you can control people. Which is why, even today, if a podcaster says something I disagree with or don't like or is wrong, he or she must be shut down. Fascism/authoritarianism beats within the hearts of many.

And so, the movement grew. People could now see through false teachings and unbiblical teachings. As a result of this surge, pastors and interpreters and scholars and printers were martyred. That's what people endured in order to preserve and protect and defend the truth of God's Word.

The church at Sardis was not a Biblical church. They did not seem to care about Biblical truth. They were a church in name only. In other words, they were living a lie.

I was recently reading about the Church of Scotland. The Scottish Reformation was launched in the 1500s under the leadership of John Knox and others. They were the architects of the Presbyterian form of church government. They were grounded in solid, Reformed, Biblical theology.