Located on Mount Tmolus in southern Turkey, the city of Sardis stood at the
crossroads of Asia Minor, the most prosperous, powerful, fertile, and pagan
province of the entire Roman Empire. First-century Sardis had a unique blend of
residents: faithful Jews and Christians who worshiped God blended with
influential pagans who worshiped the Roman emperor and gods such as Artemis and
Sardis is of particular interest because it apparently had a very visible
Christian church and because the apostle John issued a strong warning to them.
"I know your deeds," he wrote, "you have a reputation of being alive but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found
your deeds complete in the sight of my God" (Rev.
Audio: Sardis Earthquake
What led John to such say strong words to this community of faith in Sardis?
Was it because they were slowly compromising what they believed with the pagans
among them? Or where there other reasons that John?s words became such a
powerful teaching for those believers who chose to live at the crossroads of