Scriptures: Revelation 3:1-6
The Church of Sardis was told that were things ready to die; it wasn't referring to specific people but certain things. The church was counseled to do whatever it took to keep these things from dying. As a church, we must keep certain things alive!
First, we must support true worship! One of the most important functions of the church is sincere worship. True worshippers do not need a specific environment or the perfect setting to worship. David lived a life of worship, but throughout his life he was under attack. He dealt with a: lion, bear, giant, king, enemies and even his own family. True worship gave David the strength to overcome the many challenges he faced.
Second, the church needs continual revivial. Revival means to live again, to receive again and to rekindle a flame again. Revival applies to something that was once alive that gets new life: rekindling fresh fire and receiving again the life-giving heavenly breath. The spirit of revival will die a church when saints are worried about getting recognition and credit; as long as the church is experiencing victory it should not matter who gets the credit. Christ is the only one who should receive any recognition and applause.
Finally a healthy church needs real ministry. There is a spirit in our time that is trying to silence the pulpit: this is nothing new as through the ages the truth has always been challenged. The Bible writes it this way: "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil." There must be liberty for the church to declare the whole counsel of God.
To keep the church healthy we must endeavor to have true worship, continual revival and real ministry in everything we do.