Thoughts About Fasting 02 Fasting and Elders

Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. (Acts 14.23)

Paul saw appointing elders into a local church as so important that he would not do it until he had fasted. It is that important. A church will rise or fall on tbe quality of the eldersm

Now I’m sure you are aware elders don’t just have a title and vote on the colour of carpets. They make disciples, they help people. They open their homes and teach the Word. They are supposed to be of the highest character.

Notice as well, the elders didn’t choose the pastor. The pastor chose the elders. A lot of churches have this backward and it destroys them.

One of the things I believe will happen during this fast is that we will see all our elders reach new depths of their walk with God which will take all our Living Churches to a new level. I am expecting to be appointing new elders soon as well as we grow.

What decisions are so important that we shouldn’t make them until we fast? That’s a great question. All of us should spend some time thinking about that today.

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One thought on “Thoughts About Fasting 02 Fasting and Elders”

  1. Thank you for the importance of praying for the elders and the role they play in the growing and nurturing of the body.

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