Posted On: September 2, 2015 • Author: Pastor David Bousquet • Category: Articles
I recently started a series of messages on the seven churches found in Revelation. It is my belief that these churches essentially provide examples of the seven major types of churches found throughout Christianity today. Some of them were strong vibrant churches that stood against heresy, while others quickly accepted false teachings and compromised the truth of God.
In Revelation 2:1-7 God gives both praise and warning to the church that was in Ephesus. He praised them for their stand against worthlessness, heresy, and self righteousness. However, He had “somewhat” against them. He stated that they had left their first love and that they needed to return to the first works of love again. The question that I think needs to be asked is what are those first works of love?
The answer is found not in the return to the emotional joys, but instead in the act of studying with joy of discovery. When one enters into a new relationship their is typically an excitement to learn all about the other person. In the Christian life, a new believer often is overcome with excitement and a desire to learn all that they can. This fervor, however, has a tendency to die out. Study becomes a chore or worse nonexistent. God’s desire for the the Ephesian church was to return to the passionate joyful study of the truth. This turns the “chore” into an act of love and worship, because it is looking for discovery which will result in the individual conforming to the image of Christ.