Letters | Week 6 | July 12, 2020 | Pastor Sandy Brown

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. 2 Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. 3 Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you. 4 Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. 5 The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. 6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
Revelation 3:1-6

PERFORMANCE REVIEW FOR THE CHURCH | SWOT ANALYSIS

Strengths: a good or beneficial quality or attribute of a person or thing

Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy.
Revelation 3:4

Weaknesses: a quality or feature regarded as a disadvantage or fault

1 …I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.
Revelation 3:1-2

Opportunities: a chance for success or advancement occurs

The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.
Revelation 3:5

Threats: a person or thing likely to cause damage or danger

Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.
Revelation 3:5

Strengths:

  • God is desperately trying to get our attention!
  • Are YOU listening, or do things that really don’t matter distract you?

Weaknesses:

  • Do we really understand the Gospel?
  • Are we consistently aware of our deficiencies?
  • Do we believe we NEED a Savior?
  • Are we relying on ourselves?

Opportunities:

  • All of our values include others.
  • They are NOT singular, but intentionally meant to involve more than just us.

Threats:

  • Are we alive in Christ and thriving, or just going through the motions?
  • Is there evidence of fruit in your walk with Christ?
  • Does HE know you?
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