Revelation 2:1-7 “To the Church in Ephesus”

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, as I open the word of God today and read this letter that you have written to Your Church, may my heart be opened to the message you have for me, for my family, and for Hopkins Community Church.  Reveal Your Truth to Your Church that we may shed those things which bind us and blind us to what it means to be Your people, Your witnesses, Your light in this world.  Convict us, Lord, and call us to repentance.  Break the chains of comfort and complacency and empower us for the mission and ministry you uniquely call each of us to.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Revelation 2:1-7

To the Church in Ephesus

“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:

These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
 

Follow-up Questions:

  1. Why is God speaking to the specific church that this passage is addressed to?
  2. How do you think God is speaking through this passage to my church?
  3. What is God saying specifically to me through this passage?
 

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