Senior Pastor

Preaching from Shady Grove Baptist Church Senior Pastor, Jason Rodgers

October 20, 2019 The Church at Sardis

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Speaker: Jason Rodgers
Series: Senior Pastor
Date: March 24, 2020
Scriptures: Revelation 3:1-6
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The Church at Sardis

Oct. 20, 2019

Rev. 3:1-6

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  • About the church
        • Capital of Lydia, very important city
        • 50 miles E of Ephesus at junction of 5 main roads
        • center of trade
        • military center
        • located on a very inaccessible plateau
        • acropolis of Sardis was about 1500 ft above main roads, made an impregnable fortress
        • main religion was worship of Artemis - daughter of Apollo, a “nature cult”, believed in death and rebirth (reincarnation)
        • known for manufacture of wool garments
        • city was a shadow of former splendor and so was the church…
              • alive in name only
              • warning to all “great” churches that are living on past glory
              • four stages of many ministries
                  • a man
                  • a movement
                  • a machine
                  • a monument
        • Sardis was at the monument stage - but there was HOPE!  Jesus is head of the church and can bring new LIFE!