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Don’t leave your first love!
Greetings in the all-powerful name of Jesus! I’m so excited about
the study we have underway on Sunday mornings and evenings. The great book
of Revelation is a text that all of us should sink our spiritual teeth
into. This Sunday we are entering into the second chapter. Jesus
is addressing the churches (you and me). Jesus finds the early church
at Ephesus doing great things. He compliments them for their efforts. However,
Jesus has concerns, and he voices them in verse four, “But I have
this against you, that you have left your first love.” Despite
all the praiseworthy elements in the Ephesian church, the penetrating,
omniscient gaze of the Lord Jesus Christ discovered a fatal flaw. In spite
of their noteworthy service in the Lord’s name, their worship had deteriorated
into mechanical orthodoxy, ritualism, and legalism. Once where there was
bountiful love, their relationships with Christ had degenerated and cooled.
They left their first love, the Lord. That spiritual love was for God and
Christ, love for each other, and love for the lost. It is love defined
as obedience. “This is love, that we walk according to His commandments.
This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you
should walk in it.,” 2 John 1:6. They sank to a level
of complacency revealed in their Christian responsibilities. Their love
for their Lord and others diminished dramatically. In the absence
of a loving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, the church became
vulnerable. Spiritual apathy and indifference towards others became
the norm. Worldly cares and compromised judgment laced with evil would
ultimately lead to the destruction of the church altogether. Despite
its outwardly robust appearance, a deadly spiritual cancer was growing
at the heart of the Ephesian church.
In Christ Jesus’ service forever…
Sunday, October 2
Wednesday, October 5
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Wednesday, October 12
Dear Pastor Willie and Immanuel Church Family:
Dear Pastor Willie and Immanuel Church:
Saturday, October 8, 2005
Joy Explosion, featuring One Purpose,
a music and teaching ministry of Crossover Community International, is
an event you will not want to miss. Join us for a time of worship,
music, fellowship and laughter. A Box lunch, from Heavenly Ham, will
be served in the Scranton Baptist Church fellowship hall.
Thursday, November 10th at the Florence Civic Center. All seats are reserved and tickets go on sale Saturday, September 3rd, at 10:00 am Ticket outlets are the Civic Center Box Office, Lifeway and Pee Dee Christian Book Store.
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