Jesus has commanded that his disciples beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out more laborers into his harvest field. Now, to begin to meet the need for faithful shepherds of the flock, Christ sends out 12 apostles. From this passage, we can learn much of the way in which we should select officers in the church. Christ’s apostles:

  • had to be disciples
  • could not be new disciples
  • were clothed with authority to teach the Gospel
  • were chosen to be closer to Christ in their relationship (‘with Him’ as parallel passages in the other Gospels indicate)

We see how these things may be applied in the church today.

In this day and age, it seems that many churches have abandoned these principles and there is a lack of faithful shepherds for God’s people. We are encouraged to pray that there will be a return to the selection of godly and faithful men to lead the church of God and to equip her to do the work of preaching the Gospel.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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