First Works

NOTES FROM A SERMON PRESENTED BY DR. GREG SLOOP AT THE KANNAPOLIS CHURCH OF GOD ON SUNDAY, March 10, 2019 IN THE 10:30 AM SERVICE.  FOR VIDEO OF SERVICES, GO TO THE CHURCH WEBSITE, HTTP://WWW.KCOG.ORG, AND CLICK ON THE LIVESTREAM LINK FOR A REPLAY OF THE SERVICES.  FOR AUDIO OF THE SERVICES, GO THE THE WEBSITE AND CLICK ON THE MEDIA PAGE.

Revelation 2:1–7 (NKJV)

  • 2:1 “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write,
  • ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2 “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. 6 But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
  • 7 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” ’

The Good Works of the Church

  • 2 “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary.
    • Works & Labor
    • Patience
    • Holiness Standard
    • Discernment and Social Responsibility
    • Perseverance

The Love Indictment

  • 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.
    • First Love – The Zeal of the Newly Saved
    • The Need for Continued Zeal
    • The Need for Priority

Restoration of Love

  • Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.
    • Remember
    • Repent
    • Restart
    • Removed?

The Moment of Decision

  • 7 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” ’
    • Attend
    • Achieve
    • Ascend

Takeaway Thoughts

  • The Church can do good things in spite of its closeness to God.  The church can do the things a vibrant church, alive with Christ, does in spite of its apostasy
  • Without love, those things are just works.
  • Restoring your relationship with God is the only true way to walk toward Heaven

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