The role of the Pastor/Elder/Bishop in the Church
Acts 20:17-31

1. Role of Pastor/Elder/Bishop
• Elder v. 20:17
• Bishop v. 20:28
• Pastor - Psalm 23
2. The Qualifications of the Pastor/Elders/Bishop
• Pastor's sense of Mission v. 24
• Pastor's dedication v. 18; v.20
• Pastor's genuine humility and perseverance
v.19; v. 20; v. 31
• Pastor's obedience v. 22; v. 23

17 From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church. 18 When they arrived, he said to them: “You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia. 19 I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents. 20 You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. 21 I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.

22 “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. 23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

25 “Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. 26 Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you. 27 For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. 28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God,[a] which he bought with his own blood.[b] 29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. 31 So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.

- Acts 20:17-31


- Praise the Lord for those who have been able to go home to visit family and continue to pray for travelling mercies
- Praise the Lord for his healing mercies and continue to pray for those who are still not well
- Praise the Lord for the freedom we have to worship Him in this country and continue to pray for those persecuted for their faith in Jesus
- Praise the Lord for our jobs and continue to pray for those seeking work
- Praise the Lord for the gifts and talents He has given to us to be used for His glory and continue to pray for opportunities to use them
- Praise the Lord for the Holy Spirit in our lives and continue to pray that we will be obedient to the conviction and live in obedience to its leading


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