One church appeared successful, but many members were morally lax. Another had compromised its values and was being absorbed by the surrounding culture. The churches in first century Sardis and Laodicea were in difficulty, and Jesus’ letters in Revelation 3 called them back to being the living communities He intended. As Alistair Begg explores these passages, we see that Christ extends grace to troubled churches, calling believers to repent and look to Him for hope and strength.
1“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars.
“‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.
14“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation.
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