In Sunday’s sermon we discussed the role and blessing of elders in the local Church. We talked briefly discussed how New Testament elders are Biblical. There are qualifications for elders outlined 1Timothy 3 and in Titus 2. Also we see elders were evident in Ephesus (Acts 20:17), the Churches that the Apostle Paul Founded (Acts 14:23), the Jerusalem Church (Acts 15:2), the Churches of Crete (Titus 1:5), the Churches of the of the Roman Empire (James 1:1; 5:14), and also in the Churches in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia (1 Peter 1:1; 5:1). But for a look at WHAT an elder does and HOW he does it, in order to get a sense of the blessing and benefit God has given us in the role of elder, we looked at 1Peter 5:1-3.
So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.
At the end our time in church I said a few things about each of the men who currently serve as elders of our church. They’re pictured above from left to right: Brent Wilkins, Theron Whitley, (myself), and Jeff Crelia. I love these men. They are a divine blessing to me and to our Grace Bible, Church Family. As the pastoral elder of our Church, I don’t make decisions that effect our whole Church without them. There’s great benefit confidence and security in that. These men, love our Church, and they love Jesus. They are the kind of leaders God wants us to have, and I’m thankful to God for them. I hope all of our Church is thankful for them, as well.
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