Review of our Ministry
November 26, 2006
INTRODUCTION: Paul is about to take a look at his ministry in Ephesus as it pertains to the past, present, and their future. He has spent 3 years in their city, which serves as his longest tenure. I have 20 years behind me at FBCW and it is definitely time to review the past, re-think the present, and re-charge for the future.
Paul views himself as a shepherd and the people as a flock.
Acts 20:28, "Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood."
v.17 "elders" -- refers to a mature person who has been selected to serve an office.
Titus 1:5, "For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you"
Acts 14:23, "So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed."
- Speaks of a work God does in you.
v.28 "overseers" -- describes their function
Hebrews 13:17, "Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you."
- Speaks of a work God does through you.
v.28 "shepherd" -- task of feeding, teaching, and caring
Psalms 23:2, "He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters."
1. True shepherd leads to pasture for feeding.
2. True shepherd leads to waters of fearlessness
• Pasture of tender grass
• Waters of rest
- Speaks of a work God does with you
Paul had been the instrument God used to see the birth of the church at Ephesus. Now the Lord provided leadership through Paul's yieldedness and commitment.
Leadership is influence. Leadershi ...
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