Leaving Your First Love

Yesterday morning we returned to our series on “God’s Word to the Churches.” Our journey began in the city of Ephesus, the capital of the province of Asia. The city had a population 250,000 people. At one time it was the greatest city in all of Asia Minor (modern day Turkey). Ephesus was a huge marketplace, with peoples from all over the world interacting. Asia Minor served as a land bridge between the continents, and was the “highway” for Greece, Rome, Italy and Spain. When you were headed east Ephesus was the place where “everybody” stopped. You have heard the saying, “All roads to lead to Rome,” but in Asia all roads led to Ephesus. The pagan temple of the goddess Diana was located in Ephesus. It was a gigantic temple and was considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The temple was visible from miles around. The city also had a reputation for occult practices. It was in the great city of Ephesus that Paul established the church of Ephesus. This was a church that had been born in revival. In Acts 18-20, we read of how Paul came to Ephesus and preached for three months in the synagogue. Although he was greatly opposed, God did a tremendous work in the city. We read in Acts 19:20, “So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.” This was a Church that through the years had been blessed with great pastors. Paul had been there for two years, Timothy followed Paul, and it is believed that the Apostle John himself followed Timothy. The Church at Ephesus was a kind of home church for many in Asia Minor. From Ephesus many of the neighboring churches were “planted”. The name “Ephesus” means “delightful”. The church began as an island of purity in a sea of wretchedness. The Apostle John delivered the letter to the church of Ephesus that had been dictated by Jesus Christ Himself.¬† In this letter we read that the church of Ephesus was an incredible church that was doing everything right. There was one problem though – they had left their first love.

In our message we examined what it means to leave your first love and how we can recover that first love. You can listen to this message by clicking here or view our sermons page.

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