“To the Church in Ephesus”
Most of us want to live our best life. We want to thrive as human beings. But it’s totally normal to not thrive. It’s normal to feel stuck in life, or burned out or depressed, or weighed down by all kinds of baggage from our past.
Today we’re starting a new sermon series in the book of Revelation. Revelation is one of the strangest books in all the Bible. It’s full of images of strange creatures and epic battles and plagues and disasters. And it’s written that way, because it’s helping us to understand an invisible world.
See, the most important things in life are invisible. God is invisible. Love is invisible. The past and future are invisible. Heaven is invisible, and souls are invisible. So all these pictures in the book of Revelation help us to understand how all these invisible things work.
In our main Bible passage today, a church is like a lampstand, because it helps people to see the truth of God. And Jesus is walking among seven lampstands, because there are seven churches that originally received this book.
Our big question today is: How can we live our best life by God’s standards? When we unpack our passage we’ll find out two things:
- We need EFFORT
- We need LOVE