Easter Sunday we rejoiced for by God’s grace we ordained and admitted four new elders to serve the Church of Christ in our church family. It is a delight to us that the Lord has called Veronique, Emma, Cat, and Jacqueline to serve Him and His people here at St Stephen’s Comely Bank!
As part of the ordination service I asked you, the church family to encourage and support our elders, and surround them with your love and remember them in your prayers!
I’m reminding you now to pray for our elders! Why is this so important?
First – elders are called to be overseers over the flock, to shepherd the church of God (Acts 20:28). The Apostle Paul regarded of great importance that elders will ensure the good order of the church, be faithful in upholding the message of God to encourage people by sound teaching (Titus 1:5-9). Overseeing the life of the church family requires sound Biblical discernment and wisdom!
Second – elders are called to serve the people of Christ; to comfort, counsel, and sometimes rebuke, teach and correct them (2 Timothy 4:1-2). Doing these are not always easy or pleasant, yet our elders are charged by Peter to shepherd us willingly, being eager to serve, and being an example to us (1 Peter 5:1-3)!
In all these our elders do need to demonstrate their own personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, seek the unity of the church family, uphold the teaching of Christ, assure the faithful worship of the Lord, maintain good Christian, Biblical discipline, service and government of the body of Christ.
Such calling is demanding in body and spirit! It is important for us the church family to know these things too – so we will appreciate the calling of our elders, the service they do, and all that is involved in fulfilling their calling diligently and serving the Lord cheerfully. These things also help us to know how to pray for our elders! Let me encourage you to pray particularly for the following:
- A strong and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, to give them zeal and resilience to fulfil their calling. The demands of eldership require a close walk with the Lord. Pray that this will be a priority to our elders!
- A solid Biblical discernment and godly wisdom. Elders must be people of the Word of God, training themselves to think and act biblically (Romans 12:2)! Pray that God will grant them the motivation to continue to develop themselves in the knowledge and grace of God!
- A Christ-like love for the flock (John 21:15-19). Such love flows from prayer for the flock, wrestling for them with and together with the Lord in prayer!
- Protection for our elders! Ministers and elders (and their families!) are prime targets of Satan for spiritual attack! Pray for God to protect them, empower them, and clothes them with His armour to stand firm against the devil’s schemes (Ephesians 6:10-18)!
Do you love your church? Then pray for our elders! Pray for them weekly! Pray for them daily! Few people beyond the elders’ families realise how great are the sacrifices our elders make for the well-being of our church family! Give thanks to God for blessing us with such faithful elders, who beyond their duties of work and family also devote their service to our church family!