Pt.1 Ephesus…“Duty w/out Devotion”


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Mar. 12, 2023

Letters to the Seven Churches                                                                March 12, 2023

                                           Pt.1  Ephesus…“Duty w/out Devotion”

                                                           Revelation 2:1-7


The Commission... (2:1a). “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write.” 

The Character... (2:1b)

       1. “The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand.” 

       2. “The One who walks among the seven golden lampstands” 

The Commendation   Rev. 2:2-3

  Good things about the church

      1. It was an evangelistic church (works)

       2. It was a patient church

       3. It was a separated church

       4. It was an orthodox church…..pure

       5. It was a persecuted but persistent church

       6. It was a democratic church….autonomous

The Condemnation  Rev.2:4   You’ve left your 1st love.

    This is a cutting criticism… for the Lord Jesus is saying… 

            - You’re doing all the right things…

            - But…you’re doing them for all the wrong reasons.

What’s the Cure?...  

  Three Steps to Return to Your First Love… Rev.2:5

    Step #1… Remember

            - “Therefore” refers back to a loss of love for the Lord  

            - The Greek word “fallen” means that they were in a state   of spiritual decline. 

     Step #2… Repent 

            - change your attitude toward your love for Christ (2:4).   

            - Reverse your lackluster love into a burning love for the Lord     

            - Think about the depth of love you have for Him. 

                - Change your apathetic love to an appreciating love for Him. 

     Step #3… Redo-Return

                 “do the deeds you did at first.” 


The Challenge of Christ... to the church … Rev.2:7