Here are the follow-up Devotions for week 1
This last week we explored the Oracle to the Church in Ephesus. The Ephesian church is mentioned in multiple places in the New Testament. This week we are going to look at some of those mentions.
Day 1 What do we learn about the Ephesian Church in Acts 19:1-7.
Day 2 What do we learn about the city of Ephesus from the rest of Acts 19?
Day 3 Paul wrote a letter to "the saints in Ephesus" How did he feel about them? (Ephesians 1:15-23)
Day 4 Ephesus was also the sphere of Timothy's ministry. Based on Revelation 2. Do you think that Timothy was effective in helping the church in Ephesus root out false teaching? 1 Timothy 1:3-7
Revelation 2 “To the angel[a] of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. 2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. 3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. 4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. 5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. 6 But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
What was the Ephesian church good at?
What were they lacking in?
What does it mean to forsake their first love?