St. Paul the Pastor Leader

St. Paul declares to the Elders of the Church in Ephesus, “I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of al of you.” Why? “For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.”

That is, Paul preached the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Thus, he was a good pastor, dispensing truth and feeding the flock.

He leaves the charge to the Elders that they too be good pastors: “Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you guardians, to feed the Church of the Lord which he obtained with his own blood.”

He then issues a warning: “I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them.”

Let us pray for your pastors. Acts 20:26ff.