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Summary: We incur certain liabilities when our relationship to Jesus is eclipsed by technique. Part 2 of a 3 part sermon.

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WHEN TECHNIQUE ECLIPSES RELATIONSHIP-II—Revelation 2:1-7

Firstless Love

A man who spends all his time at work—Neglecting his family in order to do it—Forgetting that his initial drive for the work is to meet his family’s need.

Jesus reprimanded the Ephesian church because their first love for Jesus had taken second place & lapsed into technique/maintenance.

The local church must prevent her relationship with Jesus from lapsing into a technique.

What occurs when technique overshadows relationship?

Liabilities of a relationship that is eclipsed by technique.

When technique eclipses relationship our...

1. ANGEL is Liable(:1)

2. WORK is Liable(:2a & 3)

3. STANDARD is Liable(:2b)

4—When technique eclipses relationship

Our JOY is Liable(:4)

—Explanation:(:4) Newness

“But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.”

“Left your first love”—Zeal—Regardless of circumstances.

—Argumentation:

Ps. 51:12-13—“Restore to me the joy of Thy salvation, And sustain me with a willing spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Thy ways, And sinners will be converted to Thee.”

Jer. 2:2—“Go & proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD, “I remember concerning you the devotion of your youth, The love of your betrothals, Your following after Me in the wilderness, Through a land not sown.”

Lam. 3:22-23—“The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness.”

Ps. 40:2-3—“He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay; And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. And He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see & fear, And will trust in the LORD.”

—Illustration:

Our visits to family in NC/Try to get as many visits in as possible/Attempts to see family(Technique) rob us of the JOY/Liable

—Application:

?Our JOY fallen prey to technique rather than relationship?

?Your technique eclipsed your relationship with Jesus?

5—When technique eclipses relationship

Our DISTANCE is Liable(:5a)

—Explanation:(:5a) Deviation/Stray

“‘Remember therefore from where you have fallen, & repent & do the deeds you did at first;...”

“Remember”—Recollection of a former state.

“Fallen”—Descent from higher to lower position.

Heb. 2:1—“For this reason[Jesus is God in flesh] we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.”

“Repent”—metanoew—Conscious change of choice regarding life’s direction & purpose.

“Do the deeds you did at first”—

“Do”—poiew—Make, Construct, Render, Cause, Perform

?What were our first deeds?

God did not create the gap, so we must close the gap!

—Argumentation:

Isa. 59:1-2—“Behold, the LORD’S hand is not so short That it cannot save; Neither is His ear so dull That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you & your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear.”

Isa. 64:6—“...Our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.”

Isa. 53:6—“All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.”


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