Message 2: How The Great & Mighty Fall

Revelation: Farewell Tour

By Dr. Larry Osborne, April 20, 2024

How The Great & Mighty Fall

Welcome to Ephesus

Acts 18-20/ Ephesians/ 1 Timothy/ 1, 2, 3 John/ Revelation 1:4-2:7

A Great

A Great

Jesus’ Letter to a Once Great Church

Revelation 2:1-7

Eight things to be proud of:

Revelation 2:2-3

The one thing that wrecked everything:

Revelation 2:4-5

They had left the they had at

It’s not that they had lost that

They had stopped loving and Ephesians 2:1-8; 4:1-3, 15, 31-32/ 1 Timothy 1:3-7, 13; 2:1-3; 3:7/ 1,2,3 John/ Revelation 2:4-5

What Kind of Love is Jesus Looking for?

Revelation 1

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

as we want to be

John 13:1-17

others as if they are

Luke 10:25-37

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These questions are designed to help groups discuss the weekend teaching while building relationships with each other and applying God’s Word to our lives.

April 21, 2024 | Revelation 2:1-7


  1. Larry said we can read Jesus’ warning to Ephesus and learn from their mistake. Have you ever learned something from someone else’s mistakes and let them pay the “dumb tax”?
  1. Ephesus was once a great church but was on the verge of losing it all. In life and in faith, what do you think it takes to finish a great start well?
  1. What is something that challenged or encouraged you in this weekend’s message?


Read Revelation 2:1-7.

  1. Larry pointed out that the Ephesians losing their “first love” doesn’t mean they lost a feeling, but rather that they stopped loving others in action. Even so, what role do you think feelings or passion play in our motivation to love others?
  1. The Ephesians did a lot of things well, but they lacked love. Why do you think it’s common for people to think it’s okay to not be as loving as we should be if we have good deeds or other things to be proud of?


  1. The Ephesians stopped loving like they used to in the beginning. In your life and relationship with God, is there anything good you used to do that you don’t do as much anymore? Why do you think that is?
  1. We all have a personal “they,” who are hard for us to love because we don’t like, agree with, or understand them. What are some of the personal biases and reasons that it’s hard for us to love others? (Not looking at them, but looking inward at us—what is it in us that makes it hard to love?)


  1. Larry mentioned Jesus washing His betrayer Judas’ feet as an example of love. If you’re honest with yourself, do you think you could wash the feet of someone who betrayed you? Thinking of someone who is hard for you to love, what are some ways you could “wash their feet” or treat them as more important than you?
  1. Find a way to put the kind of love Jesus is looking for into action this week—to treat someone differently, serve someone, or show mercy to an enemy. In the next week, share with your group what that was and how it went.