This Sunday I will preach about leadership that is built on God and his word of grace. This sermon will be for the building up of the people of God and also will be for partial fulfillment for a Doctor of Ministry class I am taking at Luther Seminary. The class is called “Interpreting and Preaching New Testament Narratives.” I will be preaching about Acts 20 when the apostle Paul calls the elders of the church of Ephesus to him and prepares them for leadership in the church after he is gone.
The leaders of the churches in Asia had been built up by the preaching and teaching of Paul who did not shrink from proclaiming the good news of the grace of God. But now he is compelled by the Holy Spirit to go to Jerusalem. He has been warned by many he will face struggles in Jerusalem but he will not shrink from remaining faithful to the promises of God.
What will the church build upon, after Paul is gone and they can no longer see him face to face? Even as Paul warns them of fierce wolves that will attack them and people who will arise from among them who will speak with twisted words, he commends them to continue faithfully building on God and his word of grace.