A series of homilies on Ephesians.
A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”
I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.
TEXT: Ephesians 4:11-12:
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Samuel Logan Brengle said, “All great soul-winners have been men of much and mighty prayer, and all great revivals have been preceded and carried out by persevering, prevailing knee-work in the closet.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “If we had a super revival of a billion people being saved, it would still be too late. Could you imagine a billion people being saved — in governments, in hospitals, in universities, in schools, business people? Yet there would be four billion people in the world still unsaved.”
In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Despite the attractive interracial idealism of the Evening Light Saints, William J. Seymour soon found himself back in the South, in Houston, in a black church. He had little choice: In Houston at the turn of the century, if you were black and attended church, you attended a black church. It was while in this church that Seymour witnessed something he’d never before seen: He heard a woman praying in what seemed like another language. It was widely held by Holiness groups of that day that “speaking in tongues” was a sign that would accompany the arrival of the last days. Seymour sensed this woman had something he longed for but hadn’t yet found. He knew he had to talk with her.”
Today, we are looking at the spiritual gift of the pastor and teacher to the church. “He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers…” The word translated “pastor” means: “A shepherd; one that has the care of flocks and herds, or a minister of the gospel who has the charge of a church and congregation, whose duty is to watch over the people of his charge, and instruct them in the sacred doctrines of the Christian religion.” The word translated “teacher” means: “One who teaches concerning the things of God, and the duties of man; those who in the religious assemblies of the Christians, undertook the work of teaching, with the special assistance of the Holy Spirit.”
Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “The fact that the word ‘some’ is not repeated indicates that we have here one office with two ministries. Pastor means ‘shepherd,’ indicating that the local church is a flock of sheep, and it is his responsibility to feed and lead the flock. He does this by means of the Word of God, the food that nourishes the sheep. The Word is the staff that guides and disciplines the sheep. The Word of God is the local church’s protection and provision, and no amount of entertainment, good fellowship, or other religious substitutes can take its place.”
The pastor-teacher has a great and serious responsibility as he ministers to the flock of God. But, he must realize that his authority comes, not just from his ability to teach, but from his own righteous lifestyle before God and before the people. A pastor must practice what he preaches. No one was ever able to accuse Jesus of preaching one thing and doing another.
A pastor-teacher must also truly care for the people of God. He cannot be in his office for fame or money. The Gospel of Mark tells us that when Jesus saw “a great multitude, He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things.” The word used for “shepherd” in this verse is the same word translated as “pastor” in Ephesians. In another Gospel, Jesus said that He longed to gather the lost sheep of Israel like a mother hen gathers her chicks under her wings.
The pastor-teacher of the local church, as an under-shepherd, should strive to emulate the Great Shepherd.
Someone once wrote:
My Savior the good Shepherd is,
He’ll never leave the flock.
The One Who truly loves the sheep,
Became the Lamb of God.
Despised, afflicted in my stead,
He spent His soul for me.
And to the slaughter He was led,
That perishing I won’t be.
My Shepherd is the Lamb of God,
He calls to me each day,
To drink the waters flowing free,
From His pierced side of grace.
Yet when I stray or choose my way,
He still would search for me,
And bring me home on shoulders strong.
Do I not His love see?
Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Just pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. I will be sharing more on the matter of salvation in the next segment of our service which starts in about 5 minutes.
Revival Prayer List
PRAY FOR SPECIFIC FAMILIES
Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
— Rosemary in Chicago, Illinois
heal her husband, Paul, of lung cancer; give her strength
— Lamonica in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
help her friend, Stephan, to be delivered from drugs and alcohol and accept Your love
— Wesley in Wauconda, Illinois
heal his roommate’s friend, Jennifer, of heart problems
help Jennifer’s boyfriend to be caring
— Alice in Beijing, China
have her parents to become real Christians
— Caliph and Edith in Kenya
bless their evangelistic meetings, revivals, leadership training, and discipleship ministry
PRAY FOR CHURCH LEADERS
Paul said in Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
Leaders of the Pentecostal Church
Paul M. Capers
Jean E. Chervil
Ben L. Davis
Gilbert H. Edwards Sr.
Robert N. Fortson Sr.
PRAY FOR GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS
1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
OREGON STATE LEGISLATURE
Barbara Smith Warner
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.