sundays at 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, & 4:30 PM

Godly Church Government, under Christ

Pray for Church Government in the Visible Church according to godliness and uprightness.  (Acts 15.22-16.5; 1 Timothy 3.1-16; Titus 1.1-16)

  1. Pray for the leaders of the Church, that they would minister as servants of Christ, hearing His commands, submitting to Him, giving glory to Him, and remembering that they will give account to Him. (1 Corinthians 4.1-4)
  2. Pray for church leaders, for proper time for reflection, self-examination, receiving correction from the Lord through His Word, and those sent by the Lord, that the Lord would be pleased to “purify the sons of Levi,” blessing His people with godly Church government, fearing the Lord, and not men. (Malachi 3.3-6)
  3. Pray for the people of God, that they would desire, gravitate toward, and follow godly Church government, rejoicing with thankfulness, receiving direction and instruction, hearing reproof as that word of wisdom, being established in the faith, that the Lord would be pleased to bless His Church. (Acts 16.1-5)
  4. Pray that Church leaders would be committed to the principles of Scripture in their government—meeting together as elders, prayerful deliberation, with fasting and prayer, speaking the truth, searching the Scriptures and resting on Scripture, seeking a greater unity and unanimity, following the pattern laid down in the Word of God. (Acts 13.1-4; 15.1-29)
  5. Pray that men would not run without being sent, but wait upon the training, approval, and sending of the brethren, that men would not “gather disciples after them” sinfully, nor labor in another man’s field, but like the True Shepherd, would lay down his life for the sheep, following after Christ. (2 Timothy 2.1-2; Romans 10.13-15)
  6. Pray that ministers and elders would spend and be spent for the flock of Jesus Christ, refusing all self-aggrandizement, greed, personal profit, seeking the glory of men, but as ministers of Christ, would “endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ,” feeding the flock upon the good Word of God, not feeding upon the flock. (Ezek. 34.1-16; 2 Tim. 2.3-13)
  7. Pray for the ministry of the Church, that it would be committed to the preaching of the Word, preaching Christ and His Gospel, preaching the whole counsel of God, being instant, in season and out, not in the words of earthly wisdom, but by the Spirit of God, in the sight of God, not handling the Word of God deceitfully. (2 Cor. 4.1-8; 2 Timothy 4.1-8)
  8. Pray for courage and fortitude for the elders of the Church, that as a part of that ministry, they would “reprove, rebuke and exhort,” that their more unpleasant duties would be taken up with godly spirituality. (Galatians 6.1; 2 Timothy 4.2)
  9. Pray that the ministry would be like the men of Issachar of old, who had understanding of the times, and knew what Israel ought to do. (1 Chronicles 12.32)