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Get Back to the Basics (Christ's Message to the Church, Part 1)

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TEXT: Revelation 2:1-7

The Bible warns us that in the end times, many believers will "depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils." There will be a period of apostasy, wherein false teachers will begin to peddle dangerous teachings disguised a Christian doctrine. Some of these false teachers will become pastors and will lead many unsuspecting sheep away from the flock. The church will be tempted to leave behind basic truths for glamorous teachings. However, since the Bible warns us about this, it would be wise for us to take heed to such warnings, and to be on guard for such things beginning to happen.

At the beginning of the book of Revelation, Christ gives a series of seven letters to churches in seven cities in the Roman province of Asia. We are not told why these seven churches are chosen, as there were many other cities in the region that had churches. But most scholars agree that these seven were chosen to represent the church as a whole down through history. Donald Poole writes that "our Lord, by these seven churches, signifies all the churches of Christ to the end of the world; and by what he saith to them, designs to show what shall be the state of churches in all ages, and what their duty is." In other words, all of the major problems that are found in churches today are addressed in the letters to these seven churches.

Today, we are looking at the letter to the church of Ephesus. Jesus Christ congratulates this church for their hard work, their patience, and their hatred for evil. However, there are three things this church is commanded to do to stay on the right track.