It is an interesting time for me at the moment. Having announced that I am leaving, there is a certain amount of looking forward, wondering what God will bring next. However, there is also a fair degree of looking back, reflecting on the life and ministry that we have shared together. Not that I would put myself in his league, the words of the Apostle Paul to the church in Ephesus (see Acts 20) are helpful.
I believe that I can say with Paul that “I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you” (Acts 20.20), seeking to “proclaim to you the whole will of God” (Acts 20.27). This task at which Paul laboured, is the task of every pastor: “the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace” (Acts 20.24). This was the pattern, the good deposit, that Paul entrusted to Timothy (2Tim 1.13-14), and exhorted Timothy to entrust to others, faithful and able to teach (2Tim 2.2).
So please join me in prayer that God will raise up others to continue to do as Paul did, as I have done, and as John & Colin & others did before me. We preach Christ crucified. Pray that God will raise up a Senior Pastor who will “Keep watch over … all the flock” being a “shepherd of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood” (Acts 20.28).
Paul warns them that people will come, “savage wolves” who will “distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them”. Guard the good deposit, keep the pattern of teaching. “Be on your guard!” (Acts 20.30-31).
So, “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified” (Acts 20.32).
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