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True or False Part One

Acts 20:17-38

Today in our text we will see Paul both ___________________ and call for servant leadership among those who lead churches.

It will take 2 messages to cover this passage. This week we are going to look at the characteristics of True and Faithful Church Leaders. Next week we are going to look at characteristics of False Teachers.

The elders (verse 17) are also called overseers and shepherds in verse 28. The words are used ______________________ in scripture to speak of the same office.

All three words occur again together in 1 Peter 5:1-4.

The Intertwined Traits of a True Spiritual Leader Modeled by Paul:

____________________ life and love

Incarnation = In-Flesh-Ment              John 1:14        John 15:13

____________________ service under the Chief Shepherd

Philippians 2:4-11

____________________ amidst difficulties past, present, and future

Paul’s words in verse 24 remind us of Jesus’ words of comfort in John 14-17.

____________________ the “whole counsel of God” in public and in private.

The core of a Bible-based message is proclaiming the truth, and calling for repentance toward God, and faith in our Lord Jesus. It involves ___________ the warnings and the comforts the Bible gives.

Romans 10:9-10

With God is not merely a matter of preaching style whether a preacher speaks the whole truth or not – it is a clear ______________ of preachers to both warn of sin’s consequences and comfort repenters/ believers with gospel hope. Those who don’t preach both will be judged severely as false teachers.

What is in Paul’s mind as he uses the words about being innocent of the blood? The Old Testament teaching on the prophet as __________________.

Ezekiel 33:1-11