The revelation of Jesus
Written through the human author John
To the servants or believers
For their obedience and endurance
The Church at Ephesus was marked by:
Patient Endurance (v. 2-3)
Protection from False Doctrine (v. 2, 6)
Abandonment of their First Love (v. 4)
Frame everything through the lens of eternity.
2:7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’
1:17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.
Reminder: The Mercies of the Lord are New Every Morning!
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” (Lamentations 3:22-24)
Be Filled with the Knowledge of His Will (v.9)
Be Pleasing to the Lord and Bear Fruit (v. 10)
Be Strengthened for the Journey (v.11)
Be Overwhelmed with Gratitude for God’s Grace (v.12-14)
Conclusion: Our new year starts with today’s choices.
See the responsibility in our words (Matthew 12:36)
See the encouragement in our words (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
See the opportunity in our words (Colossians 4:6)
Rejoicing in times of joy (Romans 12:15)
Encouragement in times of discouragement (Proverbs 27:17)
Truth in times of doubt (Ephesians 4:14-16)
Accountability in times of wander (James 5:19-20)
See the healing in our words (Colossians 3:16)
Conclusion: Let God’s Word soak in so it can seep out
What Would You Do For...Lentil Soup? Genesis 25:29-34
Esau’s Exhaustion was Crippling
Esau’s Exchange was Costly
Esau’s Expectation was Short-Sighted
Who for a single meal
Sold his birthright (Hebrews 12:16)
Who for the joy set before him
Endured the cross (Hebrews 12:2)
Bottom Line: Esau’s Exchange, Our Exhortation
What does waiting look like in a microwaveable culture?
Be still by:
Surrendering to the Lord (Psalm 46:8-10)
Surrounding yourself with God’s Presence (Psalm 32)
Silencing the noise around you (Psalm 62)
Waiting for the Lord is not characterized by:
An inactive lifestyle (Psalm 37:3-5)
A season of purposelessness (Psalm 37:5)
An easy road (Psalm 37:1-2, 7)
We Wait Patiently For:
Deliverance from certain circumstances (Psalm 34).
Salvation for loved ones (Psalm 85).
Maturation and spiritual growth (Psalm 25).
1 Peter 1:13
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. - 1 Peter 1:13
Prepare our minds for action
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. (Matthew 22:37)
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1. Peter 5:8)
In the midst of suffering seasons
In the midst of emotional distres
In the midst of anxious unknowns
In the midst of tempting situations
Three Helpful Starting Points
Think on true things. (Philippians 4:8).
Take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Trash the trash (Colossians 3:1-5).
Set your hope fully on Jesus.
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:5)
Key Foundation – Commit Your Plans to the Lord
We ask for wisdom.
We focus first on obedience
We are prepared for interruptions
We earnestly seek God
Our plans often develop from our heart’s desire
There is freedom in faithful obedience
We don’t know our purpose
We are stuck in a rut of the same mindset
We like our way better.
Application – How will we shape our future, today?
The foundation of the fruit is found in the Spirit
The frustration in developing fruit is found in the flesh
The freedom of the fruit is found in Christ-like love
The focus of the fruit is found in gospel-reflection
Sin is Alienating(v.17-19)
Truth is Guiding(v. 20-21)
Change is Possible(v. 22-24)