The church in Ephesus was doing some really great things and they are commended by Jesus for what they are doing well. However, Jesus tells them that they have abandoned their love for Him. Ephesus shows us that it is possible to have a church that looks good on the outside, but has no real love and affection for Jesus.
This Week's Action Step:
Think about what really grows/stirs your affection for Jesus and spend some extra time this week doing more of that.
Small Group Questions:
1. Read Rev. 2:2-3. Discuss the things that the church in Ephesus was doing well/right. What’s good about this church?
2. In verse 4 Jesus only has one thing against the Ephesian church, but it’s a big one… they have lost their love and affection for Him. Why is it so important that our works/service/ministry be rooted in a love for Jesus? What is the danger if it’s not?
3. In verse 5 Jesus tells them what to do about it… specifically three things. 1. Remember from where you have fallen. 2. Repent. 3. Do the works you did at first. In your spiritual journey have you ever felt God leading you through a similar pattern to draw you back to himself (remember a time or season where you felt really close to him, repent, and do something you’ve done before)?
4. What does Jesus mean at the end of verse 5 when he says, “If you don’t repent… I will come to you and remove your lampstand.”?
5. The main goal of the Christian life is not to avoid sin, it is to love Jesus. What disciplines do you practice that help you grow and maintain your love and affection for Jesus?
Songs from Today
Only King Forever by Mack Brock, Chris Brown, Steven Furtick, and Wade Joye
Death Arrested by Adam Kersh, Brandon Coker, Heath Balltzglier, and Paul Taylor
This I Believe by Ben Fielding and Matt Crocker
No Longer Slaves by Jonathan David Helser and Melissa Helser
Rising Sun by Leslie Jordan, Kyle Lee, and David Leonard