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Summary: THIS SERMON UNPACKS THE LETTER TO THE CHURCH @ EPHESUS AND APPLIES IT TO THE CHURCH IN THE 21ST CENTURY. YOUR CHURCH...........

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TOO THE CHURCH IN EPHESUS REV. 2: 1-8.

DOES GOD CARE FOR HIS CHURCH?

SOMETIMES WE MAY FEEL THAT GOD IS DISTANT – IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH, THAT GOD IS SOME HOW NO LONGER INTERESTED IN OUR CIRCUMSTANCES (IT WAS A WONDERFUL HONEYMOON BUT IN THE MARRIAGE GOD SEEMS TO BE ABSENT). DO WE LONG FOR MUCH MORE IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD AND HIS CHURCH? DOES THE LORD JESUS CONTINUE TO CARE?

I WANT TO SAY THE LORD JESUS CARES IMMENSELY! (EPH 5:25 -27). CHRIST LOVED THE CHURCH AND GAVE HIMSELF UP FOR HER.......... WE COULD LEAVE IT THERE AND THINK YES I KNOW CHRIST LOVED THE CHURCH (PAST TENSE) HIS SACRIFICE DEMONSTRATES IT. BUT IS HE CONCERNED TODAY WITH THE CHURCH AT PRESENT . WELL THE ANSWER IS YES AGAIN ....... TO MAKE HER HOLY CLEANSING BY THE WASHING WITH WATER THROUGH THE WORD AND TO PRESENT TO HIMSELF AS A RADIANT CHURCH , WITHOUT STAIN OR WRINKLE OR ANY OTHER BLEMISH , BUT HOLY AND BLAMELESS. (PRESEMT TENSE)

AND THESE SEVEN LETTERS TO THESE SEVEN CHURCHES ARE A CONTINUATION OF JUST THAT THE LORD JESUS DEMONSTRATING HIS LOVING CARE TOWARDS THE CHURCH - HE IS CLEANSING- WASHING WITH WATER THROUGH THE WORD HIS CHURCH FOR WHAT PURPOSE TO PRESENT TO HIMSELF A RADIANT CHURCH.

SO WE NOT ONLY SEE THE LOVING CARE OF JESUS THROUGH HIS DEATH UPON THE CROSS FOR HIS CHURCH BUT THESE SEVEN LETTERS CONFIRM TO US THAT JESUS CONTINUES TO LOVE AND CARE FOR HIS BRIDE THE CHURCH.

THESE LETTERS ARE NOT JUST APPLICABLE FOR THE 1ST CENTURY CHURCH - BUT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY CHURCH ALSO. AS HE COMMENDS , COUNSELS , ADMONISHES, ENCOURAGES, TEACHES , GUIDES, COMFORTS – THROUGH HIS WORD – ITS A REAL SIGN THAT CHRIST LOVINGLY STILL CARES FOR HIS CHURCH WHICH IS BEING PREPARED TO BE PRESENTED TO HIMSELF AS A RADIANT CHURCH.

JOHN HAS BEEN TOLD THE EXALTED LORD TO WRITE DOWN (REV 1:19) WHAT HE HAS SEEN, WHAT IS NOW AND WHAT WILL TAKE PLACE. JESUS UNPACKS THE MYSTERY OF THE 7 STARS IN HIS RIGHT HAND ARE CALLED ANGELS (MESSENGERS- CHURCH ELDERS OR ANGELS WHOM GUARD THE CHURCH) AND THE 7 LAMP STANDS ARE THE 7 CHURCHES IN THE PROVINCE OF ASIA (REV1:4).

JESUS THEN BEGINS HIS SEVEN MESSAGES TO SEVEN PARTICULAR CHURCHES - HE DICTATES TO JOHN EXACTLY WHAT HE DESIRES TO SAY TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES (REV2:1). JOHN LIKE A PRIVATE SECRETARY WRITES DOWN EXACTLY WHAT THE LORD SAYS VERBATIM.......

BACKGROUND

EPHESUS -THE CAPITAL ASIA MINOR - TRADE ROUTE THROUGH SEA AND LAND - TEMPLE OF THE GODDESS ARTEMIS (ANCIENT WONDER OF THE WORLD) (FERTILITY GODDESS) WITH TEMPLE PROSTITUTION. AS A RESULT OF THIS TEMPLE - THE MANUFACTURE OF IMAGES OF HER WAS BIG BUSINESS - IDOLATRY AND OCCULTS PRACTICES RIFE. IT WAS DECADENT AND IMMORAL SOCIETY BUT HERE A CHURCH WAS ESTABLISHED - (ACTS 19 -20) THE APOSTLE PAUL MINISTERED HERE FOR THREE YEARS AND CONFRONTED THIS CITY HEAD ON WITH CLAIMS OF THE GOSPEL A MAJOR TRANSFORMATION TOOK PLACE. HE WARNED THE CHURCH ON HIS DEPARTURE THAT FALSE TEACHERS WOULD COME IN (ACTS 20:29) - THIS CAME TO FRUITION BUT JOHN REVEALS TO US HERE THAT THE CHURCH DEALT WITH IT . (REV2:2).

1. THE COMMENDATION OF JESUS TOWARDS THE CHURCH 2 – 3, 6 .


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