Revelation 2:1-7 “First Love”

Have you ever missed the mark? Have you ever worked hard to accomplish something only to find out that you had put your energy and effort into the wrong thing? In Revelation chapter 2, Jesus begins to deliver messages to each of the seven churches of Asia. The church in Ephesus was a strong church with deep roots and impressive connections. Paul had lived among them for three years. Timothy had been sent there by Paul, John the apostle lived there. They were a church that had sound theology, mature leadership, strong programs and a good reputation, but Jesus after commending them said, “I have this against you, that you have left your first love”. What does that mean? We’ve heard this preached, love grows cold, hearts become hard, intimacy wanes, but what was Jesus saying to this church? What did they need to repent of and return to? Tonight we will discuss this passage and wrestle with the thought of leaving our first love. How does the Bible define our love for God? What are the “first works” that Jesus requires? Can we really be churches that are strong in service but weak in love? And are we willing to value what Jesus asks for more than what we feel called to or what we have been known for?