A Model Church?

Cecil Martens

READ : Revelation 2:1-7

For the next seven days we will meditate on Jesus’ message to churches in Asia Minor. Though spoken long ago, they are good words for us to think about today.

The Book of Revelation is all about Jesus Christ, his character, his desires and plans for his people. I suggest you read 1:4-20 to get a picture of Jesus and the setting for these messages. Jesus begins with a description of himself (2:1). The key issue John raises with these churches is how they measure up to Jesus.

Believers in Ephesus founded a model church. They believed right, lived right. This is the kind of church I like! Verse 4 is one of the saddest verses in the Bible. Gradually their faith and “doing church” became a routine repetition rather than a continuing relationship. They lost their first love. This can happen to any of us. It’s like the frog in a kettle of warm water. Slowly the water was heated, until it boiled. The frog never knew what happened. Too late. Now dead. Beware! The solution: remember, repent, return (v. 5).

Discuss the testimony of William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, who at age 15 said, “God shall have all there is of William Booth.”

PRAYER

Lord, help us to be first-love believers and our churches to be always first-love churches. Amen.