Crew Leader

Introduction (2 minutes)

Use the Zoom chat feature to keep everyone connected. As people join in, ask for their first and last name, email address, and where they are tuning in from. Save the chat as an attendance record.

Reflect

Ask Crew members to share their favorite points from the talk. What phrase or moment did they relate to the most?

Icebreaker: Reflection or Conversation Starter or Virtual Icebreaker (5 minutes)

For your icebreaker, choose from the options below. Have Crew members unmute themselves to share.

Conversation Starters (Choose One)
  • What's something you did this week that you feel proud of?
  • What did you eat for breakfast?
  • Name the best book you’ve ever read.
  • What’s your morning routine?
  • What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
  • If your life was a story, what would the title be?
Virtual Icebreakers (5 minutes)

Preaching Game - Choose random items and allow individuals to find ways to encourage others using that item. (Pick 2-3 volunteers)

Show-and-Tell - Pick an object in your home that has significance for you, something with a funny story behind it, anything unique, or something you've used to simply pass the time.

Crew Discussion

Seven: Lost Love

Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr.

Crew Leader

Introduction (2 minutes)

Use the Zoom chat feature to keep everyone connected. As people join in, ask for their first and last name, email address, and where they are tuning in from. Save the chat as an attendance record.

Reflect

Ask Crew members to share their favorite points from the talk. What phrase or moment did they relate to the most?

Icebreaker: Reflection or Conversation Starter or Virtual Icebreaker (5 minutes)

For your icebreaker, choose from the options below. Have Crew members unmute themselves to share.

Conversation Starters (Choose One)
  • What's something you did this week that you feel proud of?
  • What did you eat for breakfast?
  • Name the best book you’ve ever read.
  • What’s your morning routine?
  • What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
  • If your life was a story, what would the title be?
Virtual Icebreakers (5 minutes)

Preaching Game - Choose random items and allow individuals to find ways to encourage others using that item. (Pick 2-3 volunteers)

Show-and-Tell - Pick an object in your home that has significance for you, something with a funny story behind it, anything unique, or something you've used to simply pass the time.

Scripture

‭‭Revelation‬ ‭1:1-3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.”


REFERENCES: Revelation 2:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3, 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Main Idea

The book of Revelation is the only book in the Bible where God declares that there will be a blessing for those who read it aloud. That alone should tell us how important the last book of the Bible is for our growth as the body of Christ. In the second and third chapters, God describes seven churches that not only represented seven actual churches of that time but that are also representative of the churches today. Two of the seven churches were moving in the right direction, but the other five had serious issues they needed to address. And one of those five churches was worse off than the others. Despite this, God encouraged each of the churches and addressed the specific areas where they needed to improve.


“I read Revelation not to get new information, but to revive my imagination.” - Eugene Peterson

1. Why Jesus is our First Love

We fell in love with Jesus because He loved us first. He was there to mend our broken hearts, He was our strength when we felt weak, and He was our light when we walked in darkness. Your greatest love is for those who are with you in the valley and celebrate you on the mountaintop.


We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3

You’ll never endure for God if you don’t enjoy God
We serve a God who has conquered every difficult moment we are going through with grace and mercy
We are called to live in God's glorious triumph

What you think about Jesus is the most important thing about you

Share your first love feeling when you came to Jesus.

2. How to Recover Your First Love

Sometimes life gets overwhelming and we forget how faithful and merciful God is to us. If you feel that you lost the sparkles that you had when you first met Him, allow yourself to remember how it was, not to feel bad about it, but to recover that flame. Repent and re-do what you used to do in the beginning, He is ready to forgive you.

Awaken to the simple fact that you’ve lost your first love.
Burn for Jesus as you had burned when you fell in love with Him.
Don’t get too far from your testimony.

If you have lost your love, remember the former days.

What is your current perception of Jesus? How can we remind ourselves that he is both gentle and glorious?

Summary

Jesus embodies humility and authority at the same time. His humility sets the example for how to love others, and His authority is the gentle correction of a loving Father. When we forget that we are called to love others because He first loved us, we are subject to the consequences of His discipline and risk losing our light. In order to be an effective church that is a lamp stand for the lost and a home for the brokenhearted, we must remember that the heart of our mission is love.

Call To Action

How are you REMEMBERING the joy of your salvation? This week as you are REPENTING and REDOING, as you did in the beginning of your walk, join us in sharing your story via the link below.

Share your story with VOUS https://www.vouschurch.com/story

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