Two positions of Biblical Leadership in the Church
Why do we have elders (and deacons)?
Elder– elder, bishop, pastor Acts 20:17, 28
Deacon– servant Acts 6:1-7 / 1 Timothy 3:8-11
Who are elders?
I. Observable behavior governed by obedient heart
A. above reproach (2 different words)
B. husband of one wife
G. able to teach
H. not a drunkard
I. not violent, but gentle
J. not quarrelsome
K. not a lover of money
L. lover of good
P. doctrinally proficient
I. Oversee his own family under God’s authority
II. Obediently committed to God without exception
III. Outstanding reputation even in community
What are elders called to do?
How are elders placed into leadership?
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How should we respond to elders?
Hebrews 13:7, 17
~ Follow elders in pursuing the goal – to be more and more like Jesus Christ!
~ Obey and submit!
~ Pray for elders!