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First Love

David McBride
David McBrideLeadership Team
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The church in Ephesus is highly complimented by Jesus in Revelation 2. Though his final comment is a damning one.

When the church is functioning at its best, there is simply no community on earth that can rival it. When the church is functioning at its worst, there is no community on earth that can do as much damage.”

Gerald Sittser

Jesus commends the church for its perseverance, holiness, endurance, hard work and faithfulness.

Yet, as impressive its works were, he exposes a hole in its heart. For some time, it had forgotten its first love: Jesus himself.

In Ephesians 1, Paul reminds the church who they serve. Who fills everything in every way”.

It is reduced to just information, tools and data, we silence the living voice and reduce everything to be used for our convenience and profit.”

Eugene Peterson
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