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How A Great Church Goes Bad - The Church At Ephesus (16 of 21)
Series: The Jesus Chronicles Part II
Dr. Larry Osborne
-Go where the harvest is. Ignore the weeds.
-Real deal miracles and shabby counterfeits.
Acts 19:11-17/ 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 and 2 Corinthians 11:14-15
-From savior to Lord.
Acts 19:18-20/ Matthew 5:29-30
- An open door doesn't mean smooth sailing.
Acts 19:21-41/ 1 Corinthians 16:8-9
EARLY WARNING SIGNS
1 Timothy/ Ephesians
BANKRUPT BUT STILL WRITING CHECKS
-They had lots of passion for God - but little love.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
- If I love God…I obey his commands.
All of them, not just the ones I agree with!
John 14:15/ 1 John 2:3-5/ 1 John 5:3
If I love people…I'm patient, kind, humble (not angry or resentful).
Especially to those I disagree with.
John 13:35/ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8/ 1 John 2:9-10/ 1 John 3:16-18/ 1 John 4:8-11/ Philippians 2:3-5
Food for Thought
(Questions and Scriptures for further study)
This week we explored the story of a great church (the church in Ephesus) that grew and thrived, yet ended up in a spiritually bad place. No one plans on starting strong and ending weak, so this week we'll see what we can do to avoid the trap they fell into. We'll use insights from the book of Ephesians to discover what we can do to be sure that we stay on track as individuals and as a church.
1. When challenges hit ...
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