Jesus appears among the churches calling them to endure the tribulation before them so that the light of the Kingdom of Christ can shine out to others.
Jesus Speaks to Churches
Jesus reveals both himself and his message to bless churches so they will hear and obey [vs. 3]. Obedience implies the understanding and ability to live it out.
INSIDE THE CHURCH FAMILY
Paul reveals three active struggles inside the Ephesian church, showing us how biblical care and discipline in the church works to restore people to Jesus.
RESPONSIBILITY OF THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD
The next two weeks deal with our responsibilities as the church. This week focuses on how we are equipped to what we are called to do as a family of God.
A CALL TO MATURITY
We discourage mediocrity in almost all ares of life, yet we readily accept being lukewarm in our faith. We are called to desire maturity in gospel growth.
Specific Needs and Universal Truths
Paul’s letter to Timothy cites specific issues in the Ephesian church’s worship, and corrects them with gospel truths that apply to the church throughout history.
One of the distinguishing marks of a true church is sound doctrine. Orthodoxy (right belief) leads to orthopraxy (right living).
Living out our lives with one another:
As Paul continues to give instructions, he finishes this letter with greetings from those around him who were actually living out their lives with “ONE ANOTHER”.
A follower of Jesus is one who prioritizes Jesus in all things, loves Jesus’s family (local church), talks to him in prayer often, and listens to him (Scripture) regularly.
BIG TRUTHS ABOUT A BIG JESUS
Who do you say Jesus is?
Jesus is the image of God
Jesus is the ruler over all creation
Jesus is the creator of all
Jesus is eternal
Jesus is the sustainer
Jesus is the head of the church
Jesus is alive
Jesus is fully God
Jesus is reconciler and Savior