The Sleeping Church
Passage: Revelation 3:1–6
The church in Sardis has been lulled to sleep by complacency and compromise. Their reputation for being a lively, vibrant church is out-of-sync with Jesus' diagnosis: They are dead. (Or, at least, dying.) This passage issues a powerful warning for Christians who are spiritually slumbering, in danger of missing out on life in the Spirit entirely. But for the faithful, Jesus assures them of the coming rewards of friendship, purity, and security.