Re:Verse reading–Revelation 2:1-11; 3:1-6, 14-21 (day one)
“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write. . .I know your deeds and your toil and your perseverance. . . But I have this against you, that you have left you first love.”–2:1-4
“There are no perfect churches. Stop looking! If you did find one, it would stop being perfect the day you joined it.”–Dan Yeary
“Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect”–Matthew 5:48
Seven churches. Seven Pastors. Stories mixed with success and failure, things Jesus commended, things he challenged. None of the churches were perfect. All of them were called to be–at least in the sense of being perfectly faithful to the purposes of God. (Functional perfection, not moral or categorical).
It has been a mistake to “market” the American church to the whims and preferences of the culture. “I want this kind of childcare”. “I like this style of worship”. The approval every church needs comes from the Lord.