Chris Anderson has written a great little article on Acts 20: 17-38.
In Paul’s lecture to the Ephesians elders he provides for us what I call “an inspired philosophy of ministry.” He explains what his ministry looked like, providing a pattern for the church throughout the ages. We need to know this passage well and apply it to our churches intentionally, especially in a day when there are so many competing voices regarding the nature of Christian ministry.
And here is Chris’ breakdown of Paul’s own description of his 3 year ministry in Ephesus:
- He declared what was profitable (anangelō, v. 20)
- He taught the Ephesians (didaskō, v. 20)
- He testified repentance and faith (diamartureō, v. 21)
- He testified of the gospel (diamartureō, v. 24)
- He proclaimed the kingdom (kērussō, v. 25)
- He declared the whole counsel of God (anangelō, v. 27)
- He admonished the Ephesians (noutheteō, v. 31)