Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 94/260: Read Ephesians 4

There are so many rich thoughts in this single chapter. Worthiness. Unity. Oneness. Love.

Why must we “walk worthy of the calling”? Why must we “endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”? What is the importance of the seven ones of verses four through six? Isn’t love the answer to everything?

God established His church, but did not leave her to fend for herself. Within the church, there are men designated to fill certain roles. During the first century, the Lord’s closest followers served as apostles. Inspired men served as prophets. We do not have those offices still today, but others remain.

Pastors—the elders or bishops of the local church—fill such an important role. The word “pastor” does not refer to the man preaching each week. Some preachers are pastors, but not all pastors are preachers. A pastor is one who oversees the flock (Acts 20:28), who ensures sound doctrine is taught in the pulpit (Titus 1:10-11), who watch out for the souls in Christ’s church (Hebrew 13:17).

Unfortunately, not all churches have men qualified to serve as pastors. But in time, with study and devotion, God qualifies them for the task.

Have you thanked your elders lately? Thank them personally and tell them you are praying for them. They need to hear it.

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Ephesians 1:22-23. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be ________ over all things to the ________, which is His ________, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Pray

Pray for the men who are overseeing the local church where you worship.

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