God is calling us to a new level of maturity.
- We need to attain a level of transformation unlike anything we have known – Ephesians 4:11-14– Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers.12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord. We need to measure up to the full and complete standard of Christ
- Judgement (radical change) begins in the house of God, this house! (1 Peter 4:17)
The Church of Ephesus in Revelations.
- Revelations 2:1-6 – “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Ephesus. This is the message from the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand, the one who walks among the seven gold lampstands: 2 “I know all the things you do. I have seen your hard work and your patient endurance. I know you don’t tolerate evil people. You have examined the claims of those who say they are apostles but are not. You have discovered they are liars. 3 You have patiently suffered for me without quitting. 4 “But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! 5 Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first. If you don’t repent, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place among the churches. 6 But this is in your favor: You hate the evil deeds of the Nicolaitans, just as I do.
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