Tuesday Morning recap

Gentlemen,

Tuesday we began a new series on the seven churches referenced in Revelation. Tuesday we discussed the church at Ephesus.

Jesus seldom used the word hate. But He tells the church at Ephesus that He hates the deeds of the Nicolaitans and He praises the Ephesians for also hating the deeds of the Nicolaitans.  Who were the Nicolaitans and what did they do that was so offensive to Jesus?

Grady explained that the Ncolaitans were a sect of Christianity who believed that they had a ‘secret knowledge’ of how to get to heaven. They taught that the flesh was meaningless and that the only thing that mattered was the spirit. Therefore, it didn’t matter what you did with your body. They tended to engage in practices that were offensive to the other Christians. They would frequent prostitutes and eat and drink to excess.

In sum, their actions made them indistinguishable from the pagans.

Jesus calls us to be a people set apart from the world. If we are His disciples then there will be times that the world finds our actions and words offensive. If we can’t recall the last time we suffered for His name then perhaps we are standing for the things He values.

We must ask ourselves if we are leading lives that glorify God and lead others to Him.

I pray that it will be said of all our local churches that Jesus ‘loved our deeds.’

Tomorrow we discuss the church at Smyrna – Revelation 2:8-11. Consider the following questions:

1) Why ere the members of the church at Smyrna suffering?

2) What was the benefit of their suffering?

3) How does this text apply to us?

See you tomorrow.

John

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