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March 9, 2020
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The excitement of following Jesus can fade; but in this message discover how to return to your love of following Him.

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah:Revelation,
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  • it is known as a bookof mysterious signs and wonders.
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  • But the prophecy containedwithin speaks of more
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  • than just what is to comein the end of days.
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  • Found near the beginningof the book, Revelation contains
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  • a collection of seven letters,dispatches from Jesus, delivered
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  • by Revelation's human author,John.
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  • These letters aren't long.
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  • In fact, they'reactually quite brief
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  • and straight to the point.
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  • The recipients?
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  • The early Christian churches.
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  • But while these letters spokedirectly to seven churches
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  • of antiquity, they,like the book of Revelation,
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  • are prophetic, propheticin that by them, Christ's words
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  • speak to all churchesthrough all the ages.
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  • Seven churches, seven letters,seven messages
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  • for today's believers,relevant words of commendation,
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  • tender encouragement,and of warning.
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  • So join me as we lookinto the Bible and discover
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  • Christ's timeless wordsto his followers
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  • through the seven churchesof Revelation.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Hello, I'mDavid Jeremiah.
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  • Welcome to "Turning Point."
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  • As a pastor, I've counseledmany married couples
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  • over the years.
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  • Sometimes, they're surprisedto discover that their love
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  • has grown cold.
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  • And they're also surprisedto learn that love must be
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  • pursued and worked at if it isto remain vibrant.
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  • You see, love is a choicethat must be made.
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  • And the same is truein the spiritual life.
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  • The church at Ephesus,while commendable,
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  • had this same problem.
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  • They had lost their lovefor God.
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  • They had become so busy servingChrist that they had lost
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  • their love for Christ.
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  • And because that can happento anyone, today's message
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  • is for every Christian.
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  • It's titled"Losing Your First Love,"
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  • the second messagein our new series called
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  • "The Seven Churchesof Revelation."
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  • It's straight aheadon today's edition
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  • of "Turning Point."
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  • male announcer : Revelation isa mysterious book full of signs
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  • and symbols,portraying things seen
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  • and unseen, in the world,and those of the world to come.
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  • Especially appearing in numbersof seven.
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  • Gain a clearer understandingof Revelation's mysteries
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  • with Dr. David Jeremiah's"The Revelation Sevens."
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  • Discover all 54 7s of Revelationin the order they appear
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  • in the Scriptures,along with a correlating
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  • reflection.
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  • Plus, featured sevensinterspersed
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  • throughout this 44-page handbookto help you further your study.
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  • Use this reference toolin your personal or group study
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  • of Revelation.
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  • Utilize the topical indexto search for and study
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  • specific sevens.
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  • And find a renewed desireand excitement to mine
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  • the riches of Revelation.
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  • Also inside,the Seven Praises bookmark,
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  • to keep you ever focusedon God.
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  • of any amount in supportof this program.
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  • And if you give $60 or more,Dr. Jeremiah will send you
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  • "The 7 Churchesof Revelation Study Set,"
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  • which contains,"The Revelations Sevens,"
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  • all the messages featuredin this current teaching series
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  • on 9 DVDs,and a correlating study guide.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: These arereal letters that were written
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  • to real churches,that were located in real cities
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  • in real countries.
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  • In fact, these were churcheskind of like our church.
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  • John knew these churches.
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  • He had visited some of them.
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  • He knew about them.
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  • He knew what was going onin these churches.
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  • And so, while he was in exile,that means he was separated
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  • from peopleon the isle of Patmos,
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  • he drafted a letterto each of these churches
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  • and spoke to themabout the realities
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  • of their congregation.
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  • The Bible says that the Lord isthe one who is searching
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  • the churches.
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  • The eyes of firethat are described of him
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  • in the first chapterof Revelation, he is searching
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  • the heart of the churchesto see what they really are.
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  • And ladies and gentlemen,it would be good, would it not,
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  • if we could get the perspectiveof the head of the church
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  • on what's going on in the churchtoday.
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  • Because I don't knowabout the rest of you,
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  • but sometimes I really getconfused.
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  • Problems facedby modern churches could be
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  • solved by readingthe recommendations
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  • that the Lord madeto the seven churches
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  • of Asia Minor.
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  • It is interestingthat all seven churches
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  • got to read the short letterswritten to each
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  • of the other churchessince they all were contained
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  • in this book.
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  • So, every churchfound out something
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  • about the other churches.
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  • Prophetic scholars have studiedthe letters to the churches
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  • and the conditionof these churches,
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  • and they have discoveredthat the seven churches
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  • represent seven agesof history in the history
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  • of the church.
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  • For instance, the churchat Ephesus represents
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  • the early church that's recordedfor us in the book of Acts.
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  • What is the last churchon the list?
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  • The church of Laodicea.
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  • And the Bible saysthat that church was scorned
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  • because it was neither hotnor cold, but it was lukewarm.
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  • And it was so disgusting to Godthat he said he was going
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  • to spit it out of his mouth.
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  • Believe it or not, that'sthe church that will be
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  • on the earth when Jesus comesback to get us and take us home.
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  • And many people believe wemay be living
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  • in the Laodicean ageof the church.
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  • You make up your own mindabout that.
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  • Now, as we begin this letter,and I'm going to go
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  • through some of this quicklyso we can spend time
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  • where we really need to,we, first of all, notice
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  • the destination of the letterin the first verse.
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  • "To the angel of the churchof Ephesus write."
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  • Now, this letter is addressedto the angel of the church,
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  • or the messenger of the churchat Ephesus.
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  • Somebody says, "Doesevery church have an angel?"
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  • Yes, it's the pastor.
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  • You think I'm kidding,don't you?
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  • No, the word "angel" isthe same word that is used
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  • for a pastor, for one whodeclares the Word of God.
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  • And so, these letterswere written in the language
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  • of the New Testament.
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  • They wrote it and they gave itto the angel of the church,
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  • the pastor of the church.
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  • Ephesus itself wasa cosmopolitan and cultural city
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  • filled with rich and poor alike.
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  • It was the hometo one of the seven wonders
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  • of the world,the temple of Diana.
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  • The temple of Diana wasthe theatre of immorality.
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  • Great revenue was derivedfrom the sale of statues
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  • of Diana.
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  • Prostitution was partof the religious practice
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  • of the city.
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  • And Paul established the churchin Ephesus on his second
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  • missionary journey.
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  • He spent 3 years there.
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  • And the letter that we knowas Ephesians was written
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  • by Paul to the Christian churchin that city.
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  • And it was while John was livingin Ephesus that he was taken
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  • captive and he was exiledto the isle of Patmos,
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  • where he spent his closing days,and from which he wrote
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  • the entire book of Revelation.
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  • So the letter we call,the first letter, to the angel
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  • of the church of Ephesuswas written to that kind
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  • of a city.
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  • You kind of get a picture of itin your mind
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  • as I've described it.
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  • Now, in every one of the lettersbefore the letter is
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  • actually begun, the writerof the letter, who is
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  • ultimately Jesus Christ,describes himself.
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  • In fact, all seven letters havea description of Christ,
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  • and each description of Christfocuses in on some aspect
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  • of who Christ is.
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  • So notice the first versein the second chapter.
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  • "These things says he who holdsthe seven stars
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  • in his right hand,who walks in the midst
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  • of the seven golden lampstands."
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  • What he is saying to this churchat the very beginning is
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  • that, no matterwhat their problems are, he is
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  • the authoritative right handof power in the midst of them.
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  • He walks among these churches.
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  • He holds controlof these churches.
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  • And now, the body of the letter,we might call this the diagnosis
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  • of the church.
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  • Verses 2 and 3, read these wordswith me.
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  • "I know your works, your labor,your patience, and that you
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  • cannot bear those who are evil.
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  • You have tested those who saythey are apostles and are not.
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  • You have found them liars,and you have persevered
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  • and have patience, and youhave labored for my name's sake
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  • and you have not becomeweary."
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  • Now, that'sa pretty good dossier
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  • for a church.
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  • Let's break it downfor just a little bit and you'll
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  • see what I mean.
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  • First of all, the churchin Ephesus was
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  • a dynamic church.
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  • He says, "I know your works."
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  • We often deemphasizethe importance of good works
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  • because we don't wantto water down the importance
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  • of grace.
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  • We know that you cannot be savedby good works.
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  • You're saved by grace,but we also know
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  • that once you are saved,it's all right to do
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  • some good works.
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  • In fact, one of the rolesof the church is to stir people
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  • up to do good works.
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  • Well, the church at Ephesus wasflat out stirred up.
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  • They were a working church.
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  • This church was on fire for God.
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  • It was a dedicated church.
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  • It says here, "I knowyour works, and I know
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  • your labor."
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  • You say, "Well, isn't thatthe same thing?"
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  • No, those aretwo different words.
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  • They mean two different things.
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  • The word "labor" means to workto the point of exhaustion.
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  • That is, the Ephesians werepaying a price to serve
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  • the Lord.
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  • In the church in Ephesus,there were many who were doing
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  • the work of God, and there weremany who were doing the work,
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  • the labor.
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  • They were pressing the limits.
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  • You know, sometimesin our churches today,
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  • because we have paid staff,it's easy for members to think
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  • that everything will get donewithout them.
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  • The peoplein the Ephesian church
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  • didn't hesitate to serve Godwith their whole hearts.
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  • They labored and they worked.
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  • This was a good church.
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  • The Bible also saysthey were determined.
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  • Not only dynamic and dedicated,they were determined.
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  • It says, "And you havepersevered and you have
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  • patience."
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  • The word "patience" occurs twicewith reference to the church
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  • in Ephesus, once in verse 2concerning their service,
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  • and again in verse 3 concerningtheir suffering.
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  • This is the kind of patiencethat endures, but maintains
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  • a forward motion.
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  • This was patience as they servedand as they suffered
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  • for the sake of the gospel.
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  • And this wasa disciplined church,
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  • "That you cannot bear evil."
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  • The church at Ephesus wasa church which would not allow
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  • evil in its midst.
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  • They would not tolerate evil,and they practiced
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  • church discipline when it wasnecessary.
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  • They were patientwhen it came to service
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  • and suffering, but they were notpatient when it came to sinning.
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  • They stood for the truthand for righteousness.
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  • And they werea discerning church.
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  • Notice the next phrase, "And youhave tested those who say they
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  • are apostles and are not,and have found them
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  • to be liars."
  • 00:11:57.623 --> 00:11:59.759
  • Now, what's that all about?
  • 00:11:59.792 --> 00:12:01.260
  • During the early church,there were some who went around
  • 00:12:01.293 --> 00:12:04.730
  • from the churchesthat had been established
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  • and claimed that they had beensent to the church
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  • by 1 of the 12 apostles.
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  • That they were, quote unquote,"in apostolic succession,"
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  • so to speak.
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  • That the apostles had laidtheir hands on them and said,
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  • "You go and speak on our behalfof the churches,"
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  • which of course did not happen.
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  • But they would usethe apostle's name to gain
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  • an entrance into the church.
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  • And then they'd come inwith all their crazy doctrine.
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  • The Bible says that when theycame to the church in Ephesus,
  • 00:12:32.925 --> 00:12:36.328
  • the people in Ephesus saw themfor what they were,
  • 00:12:36.362 --> 00:12:39.398
  • and they would not allow themin the church.
  • 00:12:39.431 --> 00:12:42.067
  • "You have tested those who saythey are apostles
  • 00:12:42.101 --> 00:12:44.937
  • and they are not, and you foundthem out to be liars."
  • 00:12:44.970 --> 00:12:48.474
  • And Paul had warned themthat such a thing would happen.
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  • Do you remember when he gavethe Ephesian elders
  • 00:12:51.043 --> 00:12:53.646
  • their final lecturein the 20th chapter of Acts,
  • 00:12:53.679 --> 00:12:56.148
  • do you remember what he saidto them?
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  • Listen, he said, "I know this,that after my departure,
  • 00:12:57.683 --> 00:13:02.221
  • savage wolves will comein among you, not sparing
  • 00:13:02.254 --> 00:13:05.524
  • the flock."
  • 00:13:05.558 --> 00:13:08.627
  • And the Ephesian elders didn'tforget that, they remembered it.
  • 00:13:08.661 --> 00:13:11.297
  • And when these people came,saying, "Oh, we're
  • 00:13:11.330 --> 00:13:13.098
  • from the apostles,"when they weren't anywhere near
  • 00:13:13.132 --> 00:13:15.434
  • the apostles, they sorted it outand said, "No, not here."
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  • Do you see that'show we should all be?
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  • We should careabout the doctrine
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  • of our church.
  • 00:13:25.511 --> 00:13:26.712
  • We should ask God not to letfalse doctrine get in among us
  • 00:13:26.745 --> 00:13:30.015
  • and sow discord in our ranks.
  • 00:13:30.049 --> 00:13:31.951
  • Well, this church in Ephesus waslike that.
  • 00:13:31.984 --> 00:13:34.553
  • They were discerning.
  • 00:13:34.587 --> 00:13:36.488
  • But I want you to knowthat while this church
  • 00:13:36.522 --> 00:13:38.190
  • was a dynamic church,and it was a dedicated church,
  • 00:13:38.224 --> 00:13:41.393
  • and it was a determined church,and it was a disciplined church,
  • 00:13:41.427 --> 00:13:45.097
  • and it was a discerning church,it was also
  • 00:13:45.130 --> 00:13:48.534
  • a declining church.
  • 00:13:48.567 --> 00:13:51.070
  • You say,"Pastor, how could that be?
  • 00:13:51.103 --> 00:13:53.472
  • I've never heard of a churchwith all of those things
  • 00:13:53.505 --> 00:13:56.909
  • so positive.
  • 00:13:56.942 --> 00:13:58.244
  • I mean, if you're goingto write up a church,
  • 00:13:58.277 --> 00:13:59.945
  • write this one up.
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  • It's a great church."
  • 00:14:00.846 --> 00:14:03.048
  • But look down at your Biblesand notice what it says
  • 00:14:03.082 --> 00:14:06.218
  • in verse 4.
  • 00:14:06.252 --> 00:14:07.586
  • "Nevertheless I havesomewhat against you,
  • 00:14:08.420 --> 00:14:13.359
  • because you have leftyour first love."
  • 00:14:13.392 --> 00:14:19.131
  • Now, just let that sink infor a moment.
  • 00:14:19.164 --> 00:14:23.168
  • Outwardly, the church wasa model church.
  • 00:14:23.202 --> 00:14:27.506
  • But Jesus sawpast all of this stuff we've
  • 00:14:27.539 --> 00:14:30.910
  • talked about so far.
  • 00:14:30.943 --> 00:14:32.544
  • He saw past it all, and herecognized that this church had
  • 00:14:32.578 --> 00:14:36.815
  • heart trouble.
  • 00:14:36.849 --> 00:14:39.318
  • They had left their first love.
  • 00:14:39.351 --> 00:14:41.520
  • They had fallenfrom the early heights
  • 00:14:41.553 --> 00:14:43.422
  • of devotion to Christ,which they had climbed.
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  • Their first flush of ecstasy hadpassed.
  • 00:14:47.293 --> 00:14:50.529
  • The early devotion to Christ hadcooled.
  • 00:14:50.562 --> 00:14:53.299
  • They had been in love with him,but they had fallen out of love
  • 00:14:53.332 --> 00:14:56.769
  • with him.
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  • You say, "Well, how did they doall of these works
  • 00:14:58.871 --> 00:15:01.073
  • if they weren't in lovewith Jesus?"
  • 00:15:01.106 --> 00:15:02.574
  • They just did these workslike you would do works
  • 00:15:02.608 --> 00:15:04.810
  • in any organization.
  • 00:15:04.843 --> 00:15:06.178
  • Did you know that you can doministry and not even have
  • 00:15:06.211 --> 00:15:09.615
  • a relationship with Jesus?
  • 00:15:09.648 --> 00:15:12.117
  • You can figure outwhat everybody expects you
  • 00:15:12.151 --> 00:15:13.886
  • to do, go through the motions,and you can do it.
  • 00:15:13.919 --> 00:15:16.822
  • And it gets done a lot of placeslike that.
  • 00:15:16.855 --> 00:15:20.025
  • The Bible says they losttheir first love.
  • 00:15:20.059 --> 00:15:22.428
  • What is that?What is first love?
  • 00:15:22.461 --> 00:15:24.330
  • It's the devotion to Christthat so often characterizes
  • 00:15:24.363 --> 00:15:27.733
  • the new believer: fervent,personal, uninhibited, excited,
  • 00:15:27.766 --> 00:15:31.937
  • openly displayed honeymoon lovefor the Lord Jesus.
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  • Love is the first mark of a trueand living church.
  • 00:15:39.211 --> 00:15:43.882
  • Indeed, it is nota living church at all
  • 00:15:43.916 --> 00:15:46.151
  • unless it is a loving church.
  • 00:15:46.185 --> 00:15:48.687
  • Just 30 years earlier,the Apostle Paul had ended
  • 00:15:48.721 --> 00:15:53.192
  • his letter to the Ephesianswith these words,
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  • "Grace be with you all who loveour Lord Jesus Christ
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  • in sincerity."
  • 00:16:00.699 --> 00:16:01.867
  • And we don't know how longit took them to fall out of love
  • 00:16:01.900 --> 00:16:05.204
  • with Jesus, but it was lessthan 30 years.
  • 00:16:05.237 --> 00:16:08.107
  • Because when he wrotethis letter, they were loving
  • 00:16:08.140 --> 00:16:10.342
  • the Lord Jesus sincerely.
  • 00:16:10.376 --> 00:16:12.711
  • By the time John writesthis letter, they had fallen
  • 00:16:12.745 --> 00:16:17.282
  • out of love with the Lord.
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  • They had experienceda slow drift
  • 00:16:19.585 --> 00:16:21.820
  • in the wrong direction.
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  • So, what about us?
  • 00:16:25.758 --> 00:16:28.160
  • What about our church?
  • 00:16:28.193 --> 00:16:29.995
  • Have we lost our first love?
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  • Do we love Jesus as we once did,and do we love people
  • 00:16:32.231 --> 00:16:34.867
  • he has instructed us to love?
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  • First love doesn't carewhat others think
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  • about our enthusiasm.
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  • First love does not worrythat we will be thought to be
  • 00:16:40.406 --> 00:16:43.542
  • fanatics.
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  • First love just loves.
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  • First love caresonly about one thing.
  • 00:16:48.247 --> 00:16:54.086
  • Now, this isa pretty challenging passage
  • 00:16:54.119 --> 00:16:57.156
  • of Scripture, but I am so gladit doesn't end here
  • 00:16:57.189 --> 00:17:00.592
  • because here, we're goingto find out what you do
  • 00:17:00.626 --> 00:17:02.261
  • if you've fallen out of lovewith the Lord, if you feel
  • 00:17:02.294 --> 00:17:05.297
  • like your life is coldwhere it used to be warm.
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  • What do you do?
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  • And it's real simple.
  • 00:17:10.269 --> 00:17:11.403
  • There's a formula hereright in the text,
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  • and I want to show youthree exhortations.
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  • Notice, first of all,you need to remember.
  • 00:17:15.574 --> 00:17:18.077
  • It says, "Remember thereforefrom where you have fallen."
  • 00:17:18.644 --> 00:17:25.150
  • How many of you knowthat restoration always begins
  • 00:17:25.184 --> 00:17:27.986
  • with remembering, meditatingon what your relationship
  • 00:17:28.020 --> 00:17:31.090
  • with Christ was likewhen you were first saved?
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  • Go back and take a snapshotof that.
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  • Take a mental focus of that.
  • 00:17:37.229 --> 00:17:39.064
  • Remembering how you usedto witness for him,
  • 00:17:39.098 --> 00:17:42.134
  • remembering how you usedto bring people to church
  • 00:17:42.167 --> 00:17:44.269
  • with you, and you would tryto make sure you had someone
  • 00:17:44.303 --> 00:17:46.538
  • coming to church with youevery week.
  • 00:17:46.572 --> 00:17:48.373
  • Remembering what it was liketo lead someone to Christ,
  • 00:17:48.407 --> 00:17:50.843
  • or to see someone come forwardin a service
  • 00:17:50.876 --> 00:17:52.878
  • that you had invited,and they heard the gospel,
  • 00:17:52.911 --> 00:17:55.080
  • and they got saved.
  • 00:17:55.114 --> 00:17:56.248
  • Or remembering as you heardtheir baptismal testimony,
  • 00:17:56.281 --> 00:17:58.650
  • that God gave youthe opportunity to have
  • 00:17:58.684 --> 00:18:00.619
  • some influence in the lifeof that person, and how thrilled
  • 00:18:00.652 --> 00:18:03.455
  • you were about it.
  • 00:18:03.489 --> 00:18:05.357
  • The first thing you need to dois remember.
  • 00:18:05.390 --> 00:18:09.461
  • And then you need to repent.
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  • That's the second word.
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  • "Remember thereforefrom where you have fallen,
  • 00:18:15.801 --> 00:18:18.237
  • and repent."
  • 00:18:18.270 --> 00:18:20.038
  • Now, repentance means changingyour mind and turning to go
  • 00:18:20.072 --> 00:18:23.675
  • in the opposite direction.
  • 00:18:23.709 --> 00:18:25.511
  • If you have leftyour first love, you must turn
  • 00:18:25.544 --> 00:18:27.613
  • and head backtoward the Lord Jesus.
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  • This is a choice,this is an act of will.
  • 00:18:30.149 --> 00:18:33.051
  • So if you've grown coldto the Lord in your heart,
  • 00:18:33.085 --> 00:18:35.787
  • I can tell you it's hadan impact on your life,
  • 00:18:35.821 --> 00:18:38.690
  • and some stuff has slippedinto your life that you wish
  • 00:18:38.724 --> 00:18:40.626
  • weren't there, and you'reashamed that it's there, and you
  • 00:18:40.659 --> 00:18:43.028
  • hope nobody knows it's there.
  • 00:18:43.061 --> 00:18:44.897
  • So what do you do if you wantto get back to that first love
  • 00:18:44.930 --> 00:18:48.500
  • experience?
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  • You repent.
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  • Repent means stop doing that.
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  • Quit doing it, get away from it.
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  • Whatever that means to you,you know what it means.
  • 00:18:56.909 --> 00:18:58.810
  • I don't have to draw youa picture.
  • 00:18:58.844 --> 00:19:02.648
  • And then the last one is reallyinteresting.
  • 00:19:02.681 --> 00:19:04.550
  • The first one is to rememberwhere you used to be
  • 00:19:04.583 --> 00:19:06.818
  • when you were in lovewith the Lord
  • 00:19:06.852 --> 00:19:08.487
  • like you should be.
  • 00:19:08.520 --> 00:19:09.788
  • And then repent, and go back,and do the first works.
  • 00:19:09.821 --> 00:19:12.758
  • Notice the third thing isto repeat, go back and do
  • 00:19:12.791 --> 00:19:16.161
  • the first works.
  • 00:19:16.195 --> 00:19:17.329
  • I love this word "repeat."
  • 00:19:17.362 --> 00:19:19.097
  • This means that the way you getback to the way it was,
  • 00:19:19.131 --> 00:19:22.501
  • now that you rememberedthe way it was, is you go back
  • 00:19:22.534 --> 00:19:26.271
  • and you do the first works.
  • 00:19:26.305 --> 00:19:33.111
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:19:33.145 --> 00:19:35.347
  • Well, what was it like for youwhen you first became
  • 00:19:35.380 --> 00:19:37.849
  • a Christian?
  • 00:19:37.883 --> 00:19:38.750
  • Did you read your Bible?
  • 00:19:38.784 --> 00:19:40.152
  • Well, yeah, well, why don't yougo back and do that again?
  • 00:19:40.185 --> 00:19:43.088
  • Did you come to churchall excited?
  • 00:19:43.121 --> 00:19:44.456
  • Well, just come and, if you'renot excited, act excited
  • 00:19:44.489 --> 00:19:46.592
  • when you walk in the door.
  • 00:19:46.625 --> 00:19:48.627
  • Maybe God will help youto get excited.
  • 00:19:48.660 --> 00:19:50.262
  • What the Bible says is, in orderto restore where you were,
  • 00:19:50.295 --> 00:19:53.131
  • you have to go back and dowhat you did.
  • 00:19:53.165 --> 00:19:54.967
  • Love is really a verb.
  • 00:19:55.000 --> 00:19:57.102
  • It's an action word.
  • 00:19:57.135 --> 00:19:58.170
  • And the way you come backto where you should be
  • 00:19:58.203 --> 00:20:00.339
  • is you go backto where you were,
  • 00:20:00.372 --> 00:20:02.107
  • and you start doing the thingsyou used to do.
  • 00:20:02.140 --> 00:20:04.409
  • And, all of a sudden, you'lldiscover that that love
  • 00:20:04.443 --> 00:20:07.212
  • that kind of slipped awayhas started to come back.
  • 00:20:07.246 --> 00:20:11.316
  • And you begin to rememberwhat it was like
  • 00:20:11.350 --> 00:20:13.252
  • to really be in lovewith the Lord Jesus Christ
  • 00:20:13.285 --> 00:20:16.321
  • and want to serve himwith all of your heart.
  • 00:20:16.355 --> 00:20:19.524
  • Most of you could make a listof first things.
  • 00:20:19.558 --> 00:20:22.527
  • You know what they were.
  • 00:20:22.561 --> 00:20:24.563
  • Just think about it, what arethe things that I used to do
  • 00:20:24.596 --> 00:20:26.765
  • when I first became a ChristianI don't do anymore?
  • 00:20:26.798 --> 00:20:29.334
  • Go back and start doing them.
  • 00:20:29.368 --> 00:20:31.136
  • And by the way, this isa really good formula
  • 00:20:31.169 --> 00:20:34.606
  • for a marriage that's in troubleas well.
  • 00:20:34.640 --> 00:20:36.875
  • Did you know that?
  • 00:20:36.908 --> 00:20:38.777
  • When a marriage gets in troubleand you start realizing
  • 00:20:38.810 --> 00:20:41.046
  • that your relationshiphas grown cold,
  • 00:20:41.079 --> 00:20:43.215
  • you should rememberwhat it used to be like.
  • 00:20:43.248 --> 00:20:50.589
  • And you should repentthat you let it get to the place
  • 00:20:50.622 --> 00:20:55.093
  • where it is.
  • 00:20:55.127 --> 00:20:56.895
  • And then you should repeat.
  • 00:20:56.928 --> 00:21:00.265
  • You should go back and dothe first works.
  • 00:21:00.299 --> 00:21:02.200
  • Maybe we don't havethe feeling we ought to have.
  • 00:21:02.234 --> 00:21:04.303
  • Let's just go back and let's actlike we used to act when we were
  • 00:21:04.336 --> 00:21:07.339
  • really, really, really in love."
  • 00:21:07.372 --> 00:21:11.777
  • And then, all of a sudden,you begin to realize,
  • 00:21:11.810 --> 00:21:14.046
  • "I really do love this person.
  • 00:21:14.079 --> 00:21:16.882
  • How did I let this coldness getinto my relationship?"
  • 00:21:16.915 --> 00:21:23.055
  • Now, Christ concludeshis admonition
  • 00:21:23.088 --> 00:21:25.123
  • to the Ephesian churchwith a sober warning.
  • 00:21:25.157 --> 00:21:28.593
  • Read what it says.
  • 00:21:28.627 --> 00:21:30.095
  • He says, "If you do not do this,I will remove your candlestick."
  • 00:21:30.128 --> 00:21:39.571
  • What that means is Jesus said,"If you don't get back to loving
  • 00:21:39.604 --> 00:21:42.374
  • me like you should,not just going through the work
  • 00:21:42.407 --> 00:21:45.510
  • of doing church, but loving me,what will happen is
  • 00:21:45.544 --> 00:21:49.948
  • that your influence,your candlestick will be
  • 00:21:49.981 --> 00:21:52.784
  • snuffed out, and your outreachas a church will be gone."
  • 00:21:52.818 --> 00:21:58.490
  • Christian tradition holdsthat after his release
  • 00:21:58.523 --> 00:22:02.594
  • from Patmosand, in an extreme old age,
  • 00:22:02.627 --> 00:22:06.164
  • John used to be carriedinto the place where the church
  • 00:22:06.198 --> 00:22:09.735
  • of Ephesus assembled.
  • 00:22:09.768 --> 00:22:11.970
  • And the brethren would hear himsay, as he was propped
  • 00:22:12.003 --> 00:22:15.073
  • up into the pulpit,"Little children,
  • 00:22:15.107 --> 00:22:17.776
  • love one another."
  • 00:22:17.809 --> 00:22:21.046
  • Did they rememberwhat they had lost?
  • 00:22:21.079 --> 00:22:22.748
  • Did they recoverthat first love?
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  • Let history tell the answer.
  • 00:22:25.117 --> 00:22:27.252
  • Over that once famous city,the word "Ichabod"
  • 00:22:27.285 --> 00:22:29.955
  • must be written,for the glory departed.
  • 00:22:29.988 --> 00:22:32.524
  • Ephesus, whose harborcould accommodate
  • 00:22:32.557 --> 00:22:34.793
  • the finest seagoing vesseland whose highways radiated
  • 00:22:34.826 --> 00:22:38.830
  • out to all the citiesof Asia Minor and beyond,
  • 00:22:38.864 --> 00:22:42.367
  • Ephesus is a ruin.
  • 00:22:42.401 --> 00:22:45.370
  • There is no church.
  • 00:22:45.404 --> 00:22:47.672
  • The great golden lampstandhas been removed.
  • 00:22:47.706 --> 00:22:54.012
  • God has given usan incredible opportunity
  • 00:22:54.045 --> 00:22:57.382
  • to influence the worldfor Jesus Christ.
  • 00:22:57.416 --> 00:22:59.818
  • But ladies and gentlemen, if weget caught up in our statistics,
  • 00:22:59.851 --> 00:23:03.021
  • and we begin to thinkthat all the stuff we're doing
  • 00:23:03.054 --> 00:23:05.424
  • is what really matters,and we quit loving
  • 00:23:05.457 --> 00:23:08.193
  • the Lord Jesus Christwith a heart
  • 00:23:08.226 --> 00:23:10.095
  • like a new believer,one of these days,
  • 00:23:10.128 --> 00:23:12.264
  • they will come to findthe church and it will not
  • 00:23:12.297 --> 00:23:14.966
  • be here.
  • 00:23:15.000 --> 00:23:16.802
  • I remember readinga very interesting
  • 00:23:16.835 --> 00:23:18.837
  • little statementthat I never have been able
  • 00:23:18.870 --> 00:23:20.705
  • to forget.
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  • Here's the statement this manmade who realized he was
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  • where we are in this lesson.
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  • He said, "I was on my wayto the Savior, and I ran
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  • into serving.
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  • And I got into serving,and I never got to the Savior."
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  • And I trust that I will notforget in my own life,
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  • and you will not forgetin yours, that the Lord God
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  • of heaven loves youwith an everlasting love.
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  • And the best thing you can giveback to him is to return
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  • that love to him.
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  • You love him because hefirst loved you.
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  • You love him by keepinghis commandments,
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  • by spending time with him,getting to know him, expressing
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  • your worship for him.
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  • And that needs to bethe first focus
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  • of all of our lives.
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  • And I guarantee youthat when you do that,
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  • when you havethat kind of love relationship
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  • with the Lord, he will enableyou as the overflow of your life
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  • to accomplish morethan you could ever do if you're
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  • just trying to do itin your own strength
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  • and in your own energy.
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  • announcer : Dr. Jeremiah willreturn to close today's program,
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  • right after this.
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  • announcer : Revelation isa mysterious book full of signs
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  • and symbols,portraying things seen
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  • and unseen, in the world,and those of the world to come.
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  • Especially appearing in numbersof seven.
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  • reflection.
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  • Plus, featured sevensinterspersed
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  • throughout this 44-page handbookto help you further your study.
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  • specific sevens.
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  • And find a renewed desireand excitement to mine
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  • the riches of Revelation.
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  • to keep you ever focusedon God.
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  • announcer: And now,with one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Somewherealong the way, every person
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  • experiences the loss of love.
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  • Hopefully, you learned todayhow that happens,
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  • and how to rekindle the fireof love.
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  • But remember, you can't losewhat you never had.
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  • If you don't have a vibrantand fruitful love
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  • for Jesus Christ,perhaps you have never met him.
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  • And if that's the case,I'd like to help you
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  • fall in love with Christ,the one who loves you so much
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  • that he died for you.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: What's goingto happen in our culture,
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  • what's going to happenin our economy,
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  • what's going to happenin our faith?
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  • If we're not careful, we canallow our lives to be run
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  • by fear.
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  • And the Lord Jesus comes to usin the midst of our troubles
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  • and says to us,"Fear not, for I am with you."
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  • announcer : Join us next timefor Dr. Jeremiah's message
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  • "The Suffering Church"
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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