What is the purpose of a local church? If it is not about preaching the gospel--the good news that Jesus Christ died to reconcile sinners to God--and strengthening the Christian walk of the local believers, what good is it? Sardis was a church that had a reputation for works that did not include the gospel, apparently, because Jesus called it a "dead" church. We don't like to hear that. But this local church needed to hear this--desperately. This message was presented by Craig Miller, senior pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cedarville, Ohio on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013.

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