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Summary: When a person becomes a believer, the spiritual journey is much like a honeymoon. There is passion, zeal and enthusiasm for the Lord. But as time rolls by, that “first love” can subside. This is what happened in the church at Ephesus, and Jesus gives the

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You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling

Sermon 1 in the series “You’ve Got Mail”

Chuck Sligh

July 10, 2011

For the PowerPoint for the sermon, write me at chucksligh@hotmail.com.

Skeleton outline borrowed from “When The Honeymoon Ends” by LeLand Patrick. The meat on the bones is mine and I hope does not negatively reflect on Bro. Patrick’s original sermon.

TEXT: Turn in your Bibles please to Revelation 2

INTRODUCTION

Today I want to start a seven-sermon series on the messages Christ gave to the seven churches in Asia in Revelation 2-3.

There are various ways of interpreting these messages to these seven churches.

First, they may be viewed PROPHETICALLY. – Many dispensationalists believe each of these churches represent a different stage of church history over the past 2,000 plus years.

But I believe the most natural interpretation is to view them PRACTICALLY. – While these messages speak of specific churches in that day, they will also speak to every church in existence today, and so God has a word for Grace Baptist Church in these letters.

But whether you primarily interpret these seven messages prophetically, or practically for church congregations, we should also view them PERSONALLY.

These letters speak to congregations, but congregations are made up of individuals. So God has something to say to you and to me about our relationship with Him. So let’s begin our series first by opening in prayer. (OPEN IN PRAYER)

Please stand with me in honor of God’s Word as we read out text: Revelation 2:1-7 – “Unto the angel [lit. “messenger” which refers to the pastor or elder] of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 2 I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou can not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 And hast borne [i.e., “have endured”], and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast labored, and hast not fainted [i.e., “grown weary”]. 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. 6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”

Illus. –A few weeks ago I had the joy of being at our youngest son’s wedding. After Allen and Brooke tied the knot, they went on their honeymoon in Bermuda. On their return they’re doing like all couples do just after their honeymoon—kissin’ and huggin’ at the least excuse, hanging all over each other like two earthworms in heat, and being EXTREMELY courteous and helpful and loving and gentle.


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