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Read Revelation 3:1-6
“To the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The One who has
the seven spirits of God and the seven stars says: I know your
works; you have a reputation for being alive, but you are dead.’”
Revelation 3:1 (HCSB)

Your church is evaluated every week. The first time guests who visit have
an opinion about your church. The senior adults who attend have
convictions about the life and ministry of your congregation. The young
families have some thoughts as well as the youth. The community in
which your church is located also has something that comes to mind
when they think of your church.

These opinions are varied and may have some merit. The opinion, or
rather judgment, that matters most is the one offered by Jesus, the Head
of the church. Jesus has some thoughts concerning your congregation,
and the road to revitalization begins with seeking Jesus’ view of your

How does your congregation’s perception of your church’s effectiveness
differ from the perspective of Jesus?

Consider praying today that God will help your congregation
understand how He views it and what He wishes
to see happen for your church to move into new life and
ministry and be an influence for Christ in your community.