This is the last time Paul is directly interacting with a local church and its leadership before the long journey to Rome, but in the remainder of chapter 20, there are critical principles lived out by Paul that deserve and require close attention. I will break down the verses in this section into smaller bits than they appear in the manual to make it easier to absorb.
If you are in any role of leadership, I urge you to study this section with intensity. If these principles were applied to churches today, leadership would look much different and become more effective in their mission. While every believer is responsible for their own walk with the Lord, God has ordained godly leaders to model this walk in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 20:17. In Miletus, Paul sent for the Ephesian church elders to come to him. He may have sensed this was the last opportunity he would have to invest in their development.
Acts 20:18-27. Paul recounts how he served among them; “with all humility, and with fears and with trials…and did not shrink from declaring…anything that was ___________.” Even though he knew what “affliction awaited” him, he did “not count his life of any value nor as precious to” himself. Paul only wanted to “finish his course and the ministry [he] received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the ________ of the grace of God.”
Acts 20:28-31. In these verses Paul lays out clear instructions for the elders that must be applied to all church leadership:
Acts 20:33-38. Paul points again to his motive for serving and personal acts of helping the weak.
How careful we must be in discipling leadership, not just with instruction, but with a witness in our personal lives in public and private. If no one has invested in this way into your life, I urge you to find a true “Paul” who will equip you with these key principles so you can pass them on effectively to your “Timothy”.
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