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Superintendent Writes

Sunday, 4th December, 2005

I have always been very moved by the occasion when the Apostle Paul concluded his ministry at Ephesus and then after a short journey to other churches he had founded in Macedonia and Greece, he returned and said goodbye to his faithful elders and members at the Church in Ephesus. Dr Luke recorded the eye-witness events of what was an emotional farewell in Acts 20. Like Paul we are saying farewell, expressing our thanks and encouragement for a ministry of twenty seven years.

Paul stressed how he had faithfully ministered among them over the years. “You know how I was with you the whole time serving the Lord with all humility, with tears, and with trials that have come to me, and that I did not shrink back from proclaiming to you anything that was profitable, or from teaching you in public and from house to house. I testified about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus.” Paul also stressed how he faced his future with certainty, “so that I may finish my course with joy and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the Gospel of God’s grace.” Again, every word of that I could repeat as true of Beverley and myself. In February it will be exactly 50 years since I entered training for the ministry. I preached each week at my first student church. I have completed my course with joy and the ministry of testifying to God’s grace. I have accepted a lot of preaching for the next few years. I will also be testifying to our faith every week in Parliament. From now on I will speak as a tribal elder in churches and the Parliament.

Paul urged the faithful believers to continue in the faith and to be on their guard against those from within the church who will promote deviant doctrines to lure people into following them. We have already seen this trend in our denomination, and true believers will need to be alert in the future. His final word was, “I commit you to God and to the message of His grace which is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance among all who are sanctified.” Like the Apostle Paul, Beverley and I in both the grand services today in the Town Hall and with the staff and Governor General tonight, say our thankyou and farewells, and look forward to the other special services planned until Christmas day.

 

This is Gordon Moyes.


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