Having Acts 20, Paul’s final words to the guys in Ephesus, opened up to us this afternoon was thoroughly defining in thinking about gospel ministry.

Paul’s work amongst the Ephesians was serving the Lord and this meant humility, tears and trials. What mattered, however, was whether he testified to the gospel of the grace of God. It is more blessed to give than to recieve. That’s a big shout. It’s other-person centred, it’s laying myself down, it’s not my need first. I cannot do that on my own!

Serving the Lord is serving his people – testifying of repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ – for the church of God has been obtained with his blood. That is their price, that is how much they’re worth. Nothing could be more exciting, and nothing could make you feel so helpless.