sermonette: What Are You Leaving?
The Letter to Ephesus
David C. Grabbe
Given 21-Apr-14; Sermon #1209Bs; 19 minutes
As we leave sin, we do not want to leave our first love, as did the Ephesus congregation. The Ephesians had a strong sense of duty not to let down, as well as serving as a vanguard in the battle against the false doctrines of the Gnostics and the Nicolaitans. What was lacking was the devotion to Christ, Who had given His life; the spark of love had gone and was replaced by a mechanical going- through- the- motions. They were not zealously attempting to form a relationship with God and Jesus Christ. In an environment of turmoil, it is easy to draw inward in protection of the self, ignoring our relationship with God. Our goal is to grow to the stature of Jesus Christ, or our works are meaningless and will not produce fruit or light. Our prior fellowship lost its lamp-stand because of losing its first love. We do not dare follow in its footsteps, but must reignite our first love with the help of God's Holy Spirit.