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Now I commit you to GOD and to the WORD of his grace
The Principles of the Cell Churches - Thoughts and Ideas

When the apostle Paul parts with the church in Ephesus, he gives them important instructions and certain warnings. For example, in Acts 20:29, he says: “I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.”
This seems dangerous enough on its own but Paul continues and claims (Acts 20:30) “Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.”
What would you do if you knew that it’s very possible that something like this could happen in ‘your fellowship’, the fellowship which you established and into which you had invested so much energy, prayers and other efforts? What protection would you set up to prevent ‘your’ newly-established fellowship from falling apart or led astray?


The apostle Paul has several pieces of advice (Acts 20:31): “So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.”

This is followed by the final, key verse which fascinates me (Acts 20:32): Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
We win people who don’t yet know Jesus, we do our best to take care of new believers, we build up potential leaders and try to protect them… That is all fine… As long as Paul was able to teach and protect the Ephesian elders himself, he did so. Nonetheless the time came for him to take his leave, tell them that they would never see him again and that they were going to be in grave danger.
How would we react? I would completely understand if Paul said for example “Now I commit you to my dear sun Timothy who will keep an eye on you…” But Paul, aware of the critical danger which is greater than his own influence, commits the newly-born fellowship to GOD AND THE WORD OF HIS GRACE!
This is a key principle! This confidence that God and the word of his grace are enough to keep a church healthy is something we should retain. This confidence enables us to move on at the right time and establish new fellowships.

Pavel V.