by Jerry Vines

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Ephesus: The Church Without Love (2 of 8)
Series: 90's Churches
Jerry Vines
Revelation 2:1-7

There are many interesting comparisons between the city of Jacksonville and the city of Ephesus in Asia. Ephesus was a seaport town. It had a magnificent harbor. Many ships from many places around the world came into the harbor of Ephesus. Of course, Jacksonville is a seaport town and ships are coming from all over the world to our port. Ephesus was the most prosperous of all of the cities of Asia. It was the most cosmopolitan of all of them and the city of Jacksonville is increasingly becoming a cosmopolitan city. Ephesus was a very prosperous city and Jacksonville is becoming more and more prosperous.

About a mile outside the gates of the city of Ephesus there was a magnificent building which was one of the wonders of the world. It was the magnificent Temple of Diana. Sometimes when you read about these churches and the things that take place there, if you aren't careful, you'll get the idea that these were little places. But when you begin to study all of the things that took place there you become aware of the fact that these are large cities indeed. When you read about the Temple of Diana you find this is no small structure. In fact in looking at the dimensions, I found out this week that it was about as high as the ceiling of this building and it was about 50% larger than the building we are meeting in this evening. There were 127 pillars in the Temple of Diana, everyone of which was given by a king. The Temple of Diana was used for a variety of things in addition to its religious purposes. It became kind of a banking center because many of the kings of those days brought their treasures for safety there. It is rather ironic that it also became a refuge for criminals. It was also a place where people came to carry on all kinds of religious orgies. The religions of those days were pagan to the extreme.

The church of Ephesus has a rich history also, in t ...

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