“Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God.”
Revelation 3.2 NLT
Many in the Sardis church did not live up to God’s standards. He has requirements that must be met. If they are not, judgment draws near, v. 3.
The whole Bible makes clear that God requires certain things. These things are not hard to understand. Nor are they difficult to obey. Are you up to his requirements?
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This may not strike you as odd, but when I saw that which we read below as requirements for the preacher I thought to myself about a new position on the horizon: “Preacher, who is soon to be elder.” On the surface, it appears, that elders want the preacher to do, in part, their work! Surely, this is not correct. On the other hand, I wonder. Perhaps I am much too critical. Elders are not directors, but participators and leaders of the congregation.
*Prepare and deliver spiritually-based lessons to the congregation at specified assembly times. **** Teach Bible classes on Sunday and/or Wednesday.** Provide Bible studies to individuals and provide mentorship to the men of the congregation. *** Visit members of the congregation, especially those in the hospital, nursing homes and homebound. **** Contact current or former members who may not be in regular attendance and encourage their return to faithful service. **** Respond to members request for spiritual guidance. **** Participate in worship planning process. **** Perform marriage ceremonies and pre-marital counseling as requested. **** Attend and participate in scheduled elders and ministry leaders meetings. **** Responsible for other duties as determined by the elders.