We continue to look at Paul as an example of an elder in the church. We see the importance of elders guarding themselves and also the flock of which the Holy Spirit had made them overseers. So many churches go astray at this point and even a small diversion from the Truth will in time lead to a large departure from the true Gospel. We see the care Paul took in his labors, that he would admonish the Ephesians with tears for a period of three years.

Acknowledging that no man is sufficient for this extraordinary work, we see Paul committing the men to God and to His Word, as the only source of the grace they would need to do this work for His glory. Paul had not done anything among them for secular gain, and neither should the elders - all should desire to give freely rather than to receive.

Lastly, Paul kneels to pray with these men and we are once again reminded that the elder must be a man of prayer. This is a weighty responsibility and the whole church needs to pray much for its elders that they may perform their responsibilities to the glory of God.

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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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