How do we know when a Church is Dead? Revelation – no.6

This weeks column in Christian Today

If the Holy Spirit was taken away from the church in the West today, 90 per cent of what we do would carry on as if nothing had happened! It’s a saying I remember hearing years ago – and I suspect it’s still true. Have you ever had the experience of going into a church and noting that despite the singing, the prayers, the reading, the preaching, the youth groups, the notices, the banners and the ‘fellowship’ (ie cup of coffee afterwards), it somehow seems just so, well, lifeless?

This is not a new problem. Christ’s letter to the church in Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6) shows that it is as old as the church itself. Sardis was a city that had a great past – it was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia which reached the peak of its wealth in 700 BC…

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