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The Letter to the Church at Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6)

Pastor Steve NewtonPastor Steve Newton, September 9, 2018
Part of the Revelation series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

We should enjoy the blessings of God, but the simple matter is that when humans become prosperous and look to their possessions for comfort and security, they are inclined to only give lip service to an active faith in Jesus Christ. And this is a deadly adversary in the church.

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Tags: active faith, general assembly, letter, Marj Carpenter, mission, North Korea, Presbyterian, Pyongyang, revelation, sardis, seoul, smyrna, Spirit, time

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About Pastor Steve Newton: Pastor Stephen E. Newton Education B.S. in Biology and Secondary Education, Stephen F. Austin State University (1977) M. Div., Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (1983) Service: First Presbyterian Church, Coleman, Texas – Pastor (1983-1986) First Central Presbyterian Church, Abilene Texas – Associate Pastor (1986-1991) First Presbyterian Church, Mt. Pleasant, Texas – Pastor (1991-2003) Westminster Presbyterian Church, Nacogdoches, Texas – Pastor (2003- present)
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Revelation 3:1-6

1And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. 2Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. 3Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. 4Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. 5He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. 6He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (KJV)

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