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Losing Your Soul Matt. 16:26

Losing Your Soul Matt. 16:26 Losing Your Faith Luke 22:32 Losing Your Courage 2 Cor. 4:1 Losing Your Influence Matt. 5:13-16 Losing Your Zeal Rev. 2:4-5 Revelation 2:4–5 4  Nevertheless I have this

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Losing Your Soul Matt. 16:26






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LosingYourSoul Matt. 16:26

LosingYourFaith Luke 22:32

Losing Your Courage 2 Cor. 4:1

Losing Your InfluenceMatt. 5:13-16

Losing Your ZealRev. 2:4-5

Revelation 2:4–5 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.

Losing Your ZealPossible that One’sZealEnthusiasmPassionFireCould diminish and be lost

Losing Your ZealThe Nature Rev. 2:4-5

The NatureWhat is Zeal?Zeal from ZelosStrong’s: “properly, heat, i.e. (figuratively) ‘zeal’ (in a favorable sense, ardor; in an unfavorable one, jealousy…”Thayer: “excitement of mind, ardor, fervor of spirit”From root zeo : Strong’s: “to be hot (boil, of liquids; or glow, of solids), i.e. (figuratively) be fervid (earnest)”Thayer: “to boil with heat, be hot…metaphorically, used of ‘boiling’ anger, love, zeal for what is good or bad, etc.”

The NatureWhat is Zeal?Zeal from ZelosOpposite of ApathyLiterally without (a) feeling (pathos)Indifference toward what should exciteAbsence or suppression of passion, emotion or excitement Lukewarm (Rev. 3:14-16)Love of some will wax cold (Matt. 24:11-12)

The NatureWhat is Zeal?Zeal from ZelosOpposite of ApathyZeal is a burning desire to please GodFar more than raw enthusiasmFocus is on longevity -vs- an outburst Which of these describes YOU?

The NatureWhat is Zeal?The Difference it MakesCreates desire1 Cor. 14:122 Tim. 1:17 – diligently (KJV) – zealously (NKJV)

The NatureWhat is Zeal?The Difference it MakesCreates desireProduces actionSuch action as goes beyond what others do John 2:17 - 2 Cor. 7:11

The NatureWhat is Zeal?The Difference it MakesCreates desireProduces actionEnriches worship Glad to go to house of Lord (Psa. 122:1)Put life & energy into praise (Col. 3:23)Pray with zeal (Col. 4:13)Singing with excitement (Psa. 95:1-ff) Giving liberally (Exo. 35; 36:4-7)

The NatureWhat is Zeal?The Difference it MakesCreates desireProduces actionEnriches worship Stirs others to greater service2 Cor. 9:2Your zeal, fervent action – make others want to do the same!

The NatureWhat is Zeal?The Difference it MakesCreates desireProduces actionEnriches worship Stirs others to greater servicePromotes evangelismEarly disciples could not be stopped (Acts 4:20; 31; 5:29-32)Zeal carries the gospel wherever you go (Acts 8:4)

Losing Your ZealThe Nature The Danger Rev. 2:4-5

Revelation 2:4–5 4  Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5  Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. The Church at Ephesus

The DangerOf Losing ItFirst Love – left behind“Honeymoon is over” – Summers“Loyal but lacking” – Summers“In form, this was still a ‘sound church’ which fended off false doctrine, but the fire had gone out. There is more to serving God than adherence to mechanical, traditional routine” – HarkriderTheir fire is gone!Love, enthusiasm, excitement – vanished!

The DangerOf Losing ItCan be Lost in Spite of GoodGreat start & rich history (Acts 19:18-19)Good qualities – still presentWorks (v. 2) – an active congregationLabor (v. 2, “toil” ASV) – an aggressive group Patience (vv. 2, 3) - a determined churchDoctrinally Correct (vv. 2, 6)Cannot bear evil men (v. 2) Exposed false apostles (v. 2) Hated the deeds & doc. of Nic. (vv. 6, 15)

The DangerOf Losing ItCan be Lost in Spite of GoodIf it is LostAbout the lose identityIf don’t change – remove lampstand (v. 5) Soon – no longer be the “Lord’s church”It is decision time!Can’t stay in the this lull / rut.

Losing Your ZealThe Nature The Danger The Answer Rev. 2:4-5

The AnswerRemember (v. 5)Repentance and change is prompted by memory.Remember what you used to be and do!God’s call to repentance appeals to remembrance of better times (Jer. 2:2)

The AnswerRemember (v. 5)Repent (v. 5)Change of mindDetermine you want to be what you used to be!

The AnswerRemember (v. 5)Repent (v. 5)Return (v. 5) Do your first worksDo what you used to do before lost your zeal!Fan the flame you have (2 Tim. 1:6)

2 Timothy 1:6NKJV - Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. ESV - For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, NASB - For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands Darby – For which cause I put thee in mind to rekindle the gift of god which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

“Stir Up” - “Fan Into Flame”RWP - “ Present active infinitive of anazōpureō, old double compound (ana and zōpuron , live coal, zōos and pur , then the bellows for kindling), to rekindle, to stir into flame, to keep blazing (continuous action, present time), only here in N.T ” Thayer - “ to kindle up, inflame one ’ s mind, strength, zeal ”

Losing Your ZealThe Nature The Danger The Answer The Result Rev. 2:4-5

The ResultWhen Change Takes Place(2 Cor. 7:6-12)Paul tells of joy of the report Titus broughtBackground: 1 Corinthian letterWas a hard / severe letter (2 Cor. 10:10)Rebuked the church for several problems Fornication & lack of discipline (1 Cor. 5) Reaction Did withdraw (2 Cor. 2) He repented (2 Cor. 2)

The ResultWhen Change Takes Place(2 Cor. 7:6-12)Paul tells of joy of the report Titus broughtBackground: Titus brings a good reportTold of how received 1 Corinthian letter (v. 5)Letter produced repentance (vv. 6-12)Repentance produced: (v. 11)

Repentance produced: (v. 11)What diligence – action, promptWhat clearing of self – get something out of heart & lifeWhat indignation – hatred toward sin What fear – awe, respect / afraid What vehement desire – longing to do right What zeal – enthusiasm, fire What vindication – prove clear of fault

The ResultWhen Change Takes Place(2 Cor. 7:6-12)Paul tells of joy of the report Titus brought What Zeal!Church at Corinth – had made a changeConcerning two matters – apathetic (without zeal)Fornication Discipline Apathy turned to zeal (2 Cor. 2:6-11) Thus, Paul declares – What Zeal!

Losing Your ZealThe Nature The Danger The Answer The Result Rev. 2:4-5