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Dangers of the Ephesian Era

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Dangers of the Ephesian Era

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Christ said in Revelation 2 that the Church at Ephesus left their first love. What was the first love of Ephesus, and what are the implications of this warning for God's people today?

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  • Jhaskins
    When I first came into the church, there was a more overall excitement for the brethren. I don't remember there being the cliques then. Everyone was friendly to each other, with enthusiasm, when I first started. It made us feel like the red carpet was rolled out for us. Not just the greeters at the door. Also after we got into the auditorium, eye contact and smiles were there for us! It is natural for everyone to gravitate to their own age group and those we have more in common with. Like families with children, in the same age group. Sometimes it can feel awkward to be friendly to others. From my experience, it has been very rewarding with a wealth of friendships. It has been recommended in the past, "Be a committee of one, to meet and greet everyone." Being friendly is the first step in loving others. Treating others as you would like to be treated, is giving others your time and attention. There is the saying, "blood is thicker than water". Have experienced that Spirit is thicker than blood. We have more in common and deeper relationships. We don't have the barrier of religious beliefs, like we can have with family. Have to skirt around conflicting beliefs.
  • Steve Buchanan
    Hi Jen, and thank you for your comment. Since I have been in the Church, the primary message regarding the 1st era of the Church was that "they lost their zeal and love for the truth." However, Christ actually commending them for their zeal in these areas. As I mentioned, the first casualty with splits and schisms are relationships. I believe this is the lesson for us today because we are admonished to listen to what the spirit says to "the churches." Stay tuned for more in the series, and thank you once again for taking the time to write.
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