Presentation on theme: "Unto the angel 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."— Presentation transcript:
Unto the angel 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;
I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast labored, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
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.’ Revelation 2:1-5
WHAT TO DO WHEN LOVE GROWS COLD
1.REFLECT Remember back to when Christ found and rescued you.
‘Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.’ Hebrews 10:25
4 THINGS TO CONSIDER: 1.Have you established church going as an inviolable habit in your family? 2.Do you plan ahead on Sat. so you can make church a priority on Sunday?
4 THINGS TO CONSIDER: 3. Do you order your travel plans so as to minimize your being gone from your church on Sunday? 4. Are you willing to make sacrifices to gather with God’s people for worship every Sunday?
2. REPENT It is a deliberate rejection of our sins.
Draw night to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. James 4:8
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleans me from my sin! For I know my transgressions and my sin is ever before me. Psalm 51:2-3
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation. Psalm 51:10 & 12
3. RETURN Recapture the richness of Bible study, devotion to prayer, and passion for worship that had once characterized them..
If we make personal worship a priority— corporate worship will also be a priority!
A local church that is functioning without love for the Lord is worse than useless.
Life Application: Have you drifted in your Love Relationship with Christ and His Church?
Life Application: Repent for placing idols in front of Christ. Return to your first love and allow Him to renew your passion for the church and reaching others with the gospel.