Every Thought Captive to Messiah


The Apostles Whom He Had Selected

Acts 1

"The first account [the gospel of Luke] I [Luke] composed, O Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach until the day, after he gave orders through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had selected (ἐκλέγομαι), he was taken up." - Acts 1:1-2

It strikes me how often the word "selected" and "office" is found in this first chapter of Acts. Jesus was very careful in whom he selected for the office of apostleship. The eleven were likewise careful in how they determined who should be the apostle to replace Judas (vv. 23-26).

When deciding who should serve in leadership offices in the church, like elder, deacon, pastor, etc., we need to be super careful. This is likewise true for youth group leadership positions. We often settle for the first person available, even though we may not know this person or their theology well. Really, Jesus himself needs to make the decision (v. 24). It is his church.

Father, forgive me for rushing leadership appointment decisions. Help us to be careful who we appoint to offices of eldership and leadership, in the local church, in youth group, and in parachurch ministry. Please raise up godly, qualified, theologically sound leaders of the next generation. In Jesus' name, amen.


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