Here recently, our church has been experiencing some heavy passages, and therefore sermons, in our Sunday morning worship services. In our worship services, we are committed to preaching through God’s word.
In Acts 20:27, we hear the Apostle Paul saying to the Ephesian Elders “I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.”
What Paul means is that he faithfully preached to them all that God’s Word contains. He did not shy away from certain topics. He did not preach the subjects he was most interested in. He did not stick with certain subjects in the Bible while neglecting other subjects.
No, Paul did not do that. He did not shrink back. In fact, He did declare to them the whole counsel of God! And that is an outstanding example for us to follow.
God has spoken and revealed himself! We can know God through the truth of His word which tells us of His Son who died for our sins and rose again!
As a church, it is our desire to live our lives faithfully to God through our faith in Christ. We do that by knowing and following His word, and we know His word by learning from the preaching and teaching of His word. In other words, the consistent, on-going, faithful commitment to God’s word is exactly what God expects us to be doing!
When we read in Acts 27 that Paul declared the whole counsel of God, we should be encouraged. We should be drawn to that type of teaching ministry. We should want to know the whole counsel of God. If there is something that God is saying, then we should be wanting to know that is.
So as we continue to walk through the Gospel of Mark on Sunday mornings, lets be eager to grow from it. Let’s be aware that it takes a long time to cover one book of the Bible and that is perfectly ok! Walking slowly through one book of the Bible means that we will cover lots of various topics – some more desirable and appealing than others – but we understand that is part of God’s counsel. And God’s whole counsel is what we are eager to know!
Church, I am thankful for your willing hearts that want me to preach to you! May God give us grace in this effort!
With all sincerity,
Your pastor, Josh