Together We Rise Together We Win

Together We Rise Together We Win

Isaiah 60:1-2

Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.

Ephesus

Revelation 2:1-7

“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: “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; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first 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. But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. “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.”’

To the angel of the church: represents the leader of the church the minister or the easiest for us to understand the pastor.

Ephesus: was a renowned church in the Roman province of Asia in modern day western Turkey.  It was founded by Paul in the first century 

They had come to Christ in a blaze of glory

From the onset of this church they experienced profound demonstrations of God’s power

People were delivered from idol worship

Liberated from evil spirits

And many healed from many different diseases. 

The spiritual temperature of the church burned like an inferno

They were an example to the entire church world and became the largest church in the world at that time and Timothy as their pastor led them faithfully.

Paul and Timothy were both martyred by Nero the emperor of Rome 

Persecution did a number on the church both during Timothy’s time and after.  John is near 100 years of age when he writes this book.

Words from our Leader

Holds the the seven stars

Walks in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks

I know how hard you have worked

I know how patient you have been

I know that you can’t handle being around those that are evil

I know that you have been able to spot false apostles

You have persevered

You have patience

You have worked and labored hard for my name

But there is a problem

You left your first love: The simplicity and passion once associated with their early love for Jesus.

Your Agape the highest and most 

Remember where you fell

Remember comes from the Greek word mneia

A written record to memorialize a persons actions

A sepulcher

A statue

A Monument

A tombstone

Our early experiences can get buried by 30 years of activities

Dig through the clutter of your schedules

Routines

Activities and remember your vibrant beginning 

The way this word is structured in the present active imperative, Jesus wanted the Ephesians to continually be mindful of their past and how dear that relationship was and should be

The word fallen means a downfall from a high and lofty position the tense of the word in Greek doesn’t describe the process of falling but rather one who has already completely fallen and is lying in a completely fallen state.

Together we rise together we win

repent: have a metanoia change the way you think and it will change the way you live.  

Do the first works

An inward change results in outward change

Acts 18:19-21

And he came to Ephesus, and left them there; but he himself entered the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. When they asked him to stay a longer time with them, he did not consent, but took leave of them, saying, “I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, God willing.” And he sailed from Ephesus.

They were hungry for the things of God!

Acts 19:1-6

And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

Acts 19:11-12

And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

I will remove your lamp stand (influence) of Isaiah 60:1-2

Unless you change the way you think and live

You hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans,

“hate” is a strong word, so let’s see exactly what it means. It comes from the Greek word miseo, which means to hate, to abhor, or to find utterly repulsive. It describes a person who has a deep-seated animosity, who is antagonistic to something he finds to be completely objectionable. 

The thing Jesus hated about them was their “deeds.” The word “deeds” is the Greek word erga, which means works. However, this word is so all-encompassing that it pictures all the deeds and behavior of the Nicolaitans — including their actions, beliefs, conduct, and everything else connected to them.

Acts 6:5 tells us that this Nicolas was “a proselyte of Antioch.” The fact that he was a proselyte tells us that he was not born a Jew but had converted from paganism to Judaism. Then he experienced a second conversion, this time turning from Judaism to Christianity. 

According to the writings of the Early Church leaders, Nicolas taught a doctrine of compromise, implying that total separation between Christianity and the practice of paganism was not essential.

It is significant that the “deeds” and “doctrines” of the Nicolaitans are only mentioned in connection with the churches in these two  pagan cities. It seems that the “doctrine” of the Nicolaitans was that it was all right to have one foot in both worlds and that one needn’t be so strict about separation from the world in order to be a Christian. This, in fact, was the “doctrine” of the Nicolaitans that Jesus “hated.” It led to a weak version of Christianity that was without power and without conviction — a defeated, worldly type of Christianity.

I also hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans.

I don’t hate them I hate their deeds

If you have ears then listen what the leader says

The king

The coach

If you get your love back

You will overcome

You will eat of the tree of life 

Jesus is the Tree of Life

And that trees fruits are in us

The fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Which is in the midst of the paradise of God

Heaven and in the kingdom of God the Body of Christ right now

So lets rise together today

So that we can win together

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