Leadership Tasks entrusted to Elders
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1Peter 5:1 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ's sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers--not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
Embodiments of Sound Doctrine who: Edify, Encourage, Exhort, Evaluate, Expose, and Eject...according to Sound Doctrine Titus 1
I. Acts 11:30 sending their gift to the elders * to oversee the administration of the financial affairs of the church
II. Acts 15:2 to see the apostles and elders about this question 15:6 The apostles and elders met to consider this question. 15 "And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written: 19 "Therefore I judge that we should not...22 Then it pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole church 25 it seemed good to us, being assembled with one accord..28 For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us 16:4 NIV delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders for the people to obey.
III. Acts 20:17-32 the elders of the church. 20:28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds (pastors) of the church of God, 29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. 31 So be on your guard! 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. * to keep watch against dangers to the healthy functioning of the Body * to shepherd (provide protection, nourishment and discipline for) the flock * exercise oversight/episkopos/bishop) * be on guard cx dangers to the church
IV. Eph 4:11-16 * to equip the saints for service so that believers can: be unified in their understanding of Scripture; adhere to sound doctrine; stay on track; build up each other; reproduce their lives. Only NT translation of Greek “shepherd” as “pastor”, the task given to elders.
V. 1Thess 5:12we request you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have rule/charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction/admonishment, 13 and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work.
VI. See MARKS OF GODLINESSOutline 1Tim 3:5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?) Titus 1:5 appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. 6 An elder must be blameless, whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7 Since an overseer is entrusted with God's work, he must be blameless9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
VII. 1Tim 5:17 The elders who direct/rule the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. 19 Do not receive an accusation against an elder except from two or three witnesses. 20 Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear * to rule or direct the affairs of the church * to labor in the word and teaching
VIII. Heb 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.
IX. Heb 13:17 Obey/Be Persuaded about your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage/unprofitable to you.
X. Js 5:14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.
Questions for Reflection/Discussion/Response:
1. What distinguishes a Biblical church from a group of Christians or a Bible study? What is the role and function of leadership?