This Sunday we continue our sermon series on the book of Revelation. The sermon series has got me thinking; what would a letter to St. Paul’s Leaskdale look like? How would it read? The one thing all the churches in the first chapters of Revelation have in common is that they are not perfect. In fact, none of the churches to whom letters were written in the Bible are perfect. It is kind of a relief isn’t it? We don’t actually have to be perfect. The church of Jesus Christ isn’t called to be perfectly manicured, groomed, and dressed. The church is called to be a witness in the world to the love and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That means living life together, it means getting messy, and it means staying awake and alert to what the Spirit is doing.
Sermon Study Questions: Revelation 2:18-3:6
What do you think a letter to St. Paul’s Leaskdale would look like?
- The letter to the Church in Sardis seems different from the other letters, what do you notice about the letter that is distinct from the others?
- What is the church being called to “Remember,” in verse 3, is this command similar to others found in scripture? (Hint: Think Old Testament)
- What does it mean to “Wake up?” Are there areas in our lives where we need to “Wake up” spiritually—corporately as the church, and/or personally?
- What does Jesus mean when He says He will come like a thief in the night?
- Verse 5 talks about “The one who conquers.” What do you think conquering really means? What is the result?
- What does it mean to you to be “dressed in white?” How is this significant in relation to the other characters in Revelation who are also dressed white?