INTRO: Picture with me this morning the city of Ephesus. In Paul's time it was already over 1000 years old. It is a city with history. Picture it on the banks of the Agean sea, a proud rich, busy seaport. Here people from all over the world would do business. Here you could see people from every nation under heaven. Furthermore, it lies at the intersection of two major overland routes. It is much different than Tompkins Landing. Walk about this city with monumental gateways and marble streets flanked by beautiful colonades. As you walk about you see shopping places of every description and even a sun dial and water clock.
There is a stadium, an amphitheatre where gladiator combats are still taking place. Furthermore, you see its religous nature when you see the amazing temple of Diana. Here you know are people who worship, but they know not God. Now you realize that to bring the Gospel to this place will be a challenge at best.