Persevering in the Word

“To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.” (Ephesians 6:18b-21) 

For the past year and a half, Thursday nights have been devoted to the discipling of two young men through Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Last Thursday night, we were able to finish the letter, and for that, I am grateful to God. Indeed, he has done a mighty work.

Each meeting, we would devote approximately three to three and a half hours to digging into God’s word; picking apart a verse for greater clarity; making connections between the Old Testament and the New; finding answers to hard questions; pondering the power of God and the weakness of man; standing in awe of the Triune work of God in salvation; exulting over the historical redemptive plan of God to save the Gentiles; giving thanks for a better understanding of his revelation; challenging each other to fight against sin; confessing those things for which the Scripture rebuked us; sharing our struggles with people and work and school, then applying the word to each situation; rejoicing in the sovereign God, even singing together at times to further grasp the glory of the truth; bowing before the Lord in prayer; stirring each other to love and good deeds; and looking back at the changes King Jesus has made in us. For this time of persevering through the word, I give thanks to God.

My prayer is that more purposeful, text-driven groups devoted to discipleship would rise up within the church all over the world. In so doing, the body of Christ will be humbled to pray, edified to minister, unified to serve, strengthened to fight, and enabled to love.

Father in heaven, it is my prayer that more of your church would thirst after you through the truth which you have revealed to us in your holy Scriptures. I am amazed at the mighty work you have done in Shane, Dan, and myself. Thank you for opening our eyes to the hope of your calling, to the glorious riches of your inheritance in the saints, and to the surpassing greatness of your power towards us who believe. We know that these things are in accordance with the working of your mighty strength which you wrought in Christ when you raised him from the dead and seated him at your right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and above every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come. And, you have given Jesus as head over all things to your church who is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. What is more, O Father, is that you have also seated us with the Lord Jesus in the heavenly places, so that we might display your gracious kindness in every age to come. Because of your sovereign plan, and because of your Son’s embracing of that plan, and because of your Spirit’s application of that plan to your covenant bride, I ask that you would raise up more God-centered, Christ-exalting, Spirit-empowered, Bible-saturated, Kingdom-focused, saints who will commit their lives to the understanding, teaching, and heralding of your word in all the earth, so that the end will come, and King Jesus will return, and death will be put under his feet, and he will deliver the kingdom over to you, and you will be all in all. Do it, O Lord, I pray in the name of Jesus, for your glory and our joy. Amen.

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2 Responses to “Persevering in the Word”

  1. bekah Says:

    This reminds me of one word: Hupernikao.

    Oh that the Lord would not just makes us believers, but passionate, drink-offering living sacrifices.

    This is so beautiful, Brett!

    Thank you for your obedience!

    -Bekah

  2. Jon Says:

    Thank you, Bret, for these beautiful words. I am encouraged by your faithfulness to these two young men.

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