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If we hope to sustain the dynamic ministry that God has allowed us to begin, we must be steadfast, immovable, abounding, and confident. 


— Charles R. Swindoll 

 

Among the last words that the apostle Paul spoke to the leaders of the church at Ephesus was a warning about false teachers who slip into the church and “distort the truth in order to draw a following” (Acts 20:30). “Watch out!” Paul said with deep concern (20:31).

As the years passed, the leaders did well to guard the church against apostolic impostors and their heresies. The Ephesians did not “tolerate evil people” and worked hard to examine “the claims of those who say they are apostles but are not” (Revelation 2:2).

And yet, while watching for the jagged rocks of doctrinal error, the church drifted into treacherous shallows: religion without love. “You don’t love me or each other as you did at first!” Jesus told the church at Ephesus through John’s vision (2:4). Somehow, the church lost its spiritual passion from its early days. Without love for Christ and others to give it momentum and dynamic energy, the Ephesian church sank into perfunctory religious duty.

Whether jagged rocks of heresy or treacherous shallows of loveless religion, dangers lurk below the surface for any church. How can we keep our churches on course and guard against that silent, slow, subtle drift into dangerous waters? Thankfully, Paul offers four guiding beacons—four essentials for sustaining a dynamic ministry

 


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