Revelation 2:1-7 “First Love”

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Do you remember your first car?  First relationship? First house?  First childhood friend? There are so many emotions that are attached to the details about the “firsts” of our lives, even the ones we would consider more negative.  But what about now? Do you think about your car or your house now the way you did you did at first?

Life can take on a rather mundane feel to it after a while.  Creating a space to live and call your own disintegrates into chores and upkeep.  Your first vehicle, the physical symbol of freedom and adulthood, crumbles into oil changes and maintenance.  Jesus, speaking to the church in Ephesus, points out that the life faith can also just become an exercise of “going through the motions.”  Do you remember what it was like, when you first met Jesus?

Questions to take home:

  1. What is one “first” in your life that you can remember really well?  What things can you remember about it? Why do you think it was so exciting?  How do you feel about it now?
  2. Do you remember when you first met Jesus as your Savior?  What did it feel like? What are two or three words you would use to describe it?  What about now?
  3. John’s letters are to churches; how do you think a church can lose it’s “first love”?  What things get in the way? How do you think we might struggle with this at HCC?