My Dear Shepherds,
I’m more of an Aaron than a Moses, a spokesman more than the leader. “Aaron told them everything the Lord had said to Moses.” Like that. For years I recruited a group of people in our church to pray for my preaching every week. I called them Aaron’s Army.
Shepherds of God’s flock are called to be Wordworkers. “Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers to equip God’s people for works of service …” (Ephesians 4:11-12). Each bring God’s Word but with different voices, like a sacred choir singing gospel in four-part harmony.
When Paul said farewell to the Ephesian elders in Acts 20 he began, “You know how I lived the whole time I was with you.” His humble, tear-stained, battle-tested service gave Christlike credibility to his Wordwork among them.
You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly ...