Friday, May 4, 2007

The Seven Churches: Loving Ephesus

We're doing a study on the Seven Churches of revelation in Young Adult Ministry. Here's the study guide for Revelation 2.1-7, the church in Ephesus.

How has God shown His love to you?

Who is speaking in v.1? What is the significance that the one speaking walks among the lampstands?

What is the Ephesian church commended for?

Why is this value so important based on what we know of Ephesus? How good is your church at fighting false doctrine?

What is the Ephesian church rebuked for?

Is this referring to a love for God or a love for each other?

What is the biblical understanding of love contrasted with our culture’s perception of it?

What role should love play in the life of the church? What is the solution for restoring this lost love?

What happens if this love isn’t recaptured? What is the reward if we do respond?

What are you doing to make sure you aren’t deceived by false teaching?

On a scale from 1-10, how do you rate your “first love” relationship with God (1 = dead, 10 = honeymoon)? Explain.

What is one thing you’ll do this week to cultivate a deeper love for God?

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