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Biblical Church Leadership IV

The beginning of this series is found here: Biblical Leadership. Please start there if you haven’t read the previous posts in this series.

This post will look into the role of the Deacons.

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Biblical Church Leadership III

Continuing my posts on Biblical Church Leadership let me again warn the new reader that this is a continuation and it is recommended that you begin with the original post to fully understand the content.

WARNING: Up to this point most people will probably have been in agreement with the major thrust of this series, this is the place where we may part company however I ask you to leave me your comments so that we both may grow.

Plurality of Elders

There are only a few occasions where the term elder is used in the singular, and those include Peter and John (I Pet 5:1 and 2Jn 1:1 and 2Jn 1:1 respectively) referring to themselves as individuals, which would naturally be singular. Outside of those references we only find two other singular references to an elder:

a. An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. Titus 1:6

b. Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. 20 Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning. I Tim 5:19

While there are many passages that show a plurality of elders, including plural elders in a singular church or location.

  1. Acts 11:30 This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.
  2. Acts 14:23 Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.
  3. Ac 20:17 From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church.
  4. Ac 21:18 On the following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present.
  5. 1Ti 5:17 Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.
  6. Tit 1:5 For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are , and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you-
  7. Heb 13:7 Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.
  8. Heb 13:17 Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
  9. Heb 13:24 Greet all those who rule over you, and all the saints. Those from Italy greet you.
  10. Jas 5:14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
  11. 1Pe 5:1 The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed:
  12. 1Pe 5:5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Ordination of Elders

It is simple to see how Christians became elders in the Bible; we see many places where Apostles or their delegates, Titus and Timothy, are sent to ordain elders. What that means may not be completely clear in the NIV notes Acts 14:23 this way:

Paul and Barnabas appointed elders Or Barnabas ordained elders; or Barnabas had elders elected for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.

Looking into the term for ordain[i], it is a term related to hand raising or voting. Although no other translation I read included this note or translated it in any way related to voting, a look into early church history reveals commands from the early church fathers to the churches to “Appoint for yourselves therefore bishops and deacons worthy of the Lord, men who are meek and not lovers of money, and true and approved”[ii]. This is dated back to the early second century. It is feasible that the Apostles selected the elders for the churches; although it isn’t inconceivable that the churches had input into the decision much like the deacons we see in Acts chapter 6.


[i] Strong’s Concordance GR#5500

[ii] Didache 15:1 http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/text/didache-lightfoot.html

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Biblical Church Leadership II

LeadershipThis is a continuation of a previous post, if you haven’t read Biblical Church Leadership I suggest you first read it to make sure completely understand the context of this post.

Today we will examine the elder.

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Family Life Godfidence

Wow, answer to prayer!

Prayer HandsI have to add this post to my normal rotation because it was such a great day. I prayed today, more than normal, for God to open the doors for me to share the gospel, to remove the yellow from my back to walk through it and to give me the proper words in the event.

Well out of the blue today a co-worker asked me about which bible to buy because she hasn’t read it in a long time and want to read it for ‘educational purposes.’ She is pretty anti-church although God has used me drop a few seeds of pure Gospel into her life so this was a real surprise. I was able to talk to her about the word of God and I am continuing to pray that God will speak to her through his word and use me if he desires so that she can come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.

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Biblical Church Leadership

Apostle PaulI have recently started down a road of examining ecclesiology, or how the church is structured. Although I was taught a little about it in Bible College I have been challenged on the Biblical veracity of some of those teaching and so I began to study the concept. I understand that we all come into any conversation or study with tons of baggage and have done my best to come at this study objectively however I welcome any input you may have that could enlighten me on views I have not addressed.

With that I will jump right into some of the notes I took to get started, the words the Bible uses to address leadership in the local church.

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Book Review: The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

Review of Huckleberry Finn

As I begin writing this post, I don’t feel entirely adequate to review such a classic piece of American literature. Mark Twain was a brilliant man in many ways and his insight into the human condition is most astounding. The book is known to be one of the first to be written in the language of it is a kind of deep south dialect, and from the fist person view of Huck himself. This can make it terribly hard to follow and slowed my reading down considerably; it also has had a minor impact on the way I personally speak. I have found myself adding some of Huck’s colloquialisms to my own vocabulary, Bye and bye I suppose they will disappear but until then I enjoy using them.

The only other disadvantage I suffered by reading this book what the number of imitators I have experienced. Much of the comic effect was lost because many of what were original ideas have been reused so many times that they have almost become cliché. I do, however, greatly enjoy discovering where those clichés originated and I feel I have a greater insight into American literature as a whole for having read this book.

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Christianity Family Life Godfidence

The Parable of the Soils

I just read a section of a new book, “Organic Church” by Neil Cole, which book has me doing some introspection. He had a very interesting section on the Parable of the Sower, or as some call it “The Parable of the Soils”. I like this second name better as the parable seems to say much more about the soils then the sower.

This Parable can be found in Mark 4 and I am sure many people are familiar with its contents. One thing that I may have forgotten or never realized is the significance Jesus places on this parable “Then Jesus said to his followers, “Don’t you understand this story? If you don’t, how will you understand any story?” perhaps indicating that this parable is foundational to all kingdom understanding, or the simplest of all parables.

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Book Review: The Immortals — Tracy Hickman

ImmortalsI read this book for several reasons; first Tracy Hickman is one of my favorite fantasy authors, secondly it was available on podiobooks.com for free.

It is a near future story that tells of American intern camps for people suffering from an AIDS like disease. I think it was a bit to overbearing in its attempts to strong arm the reader into following the authors beliefs. Perhaps it was written for a different time, the author says he wanted to write it years before it was possible but was dissuaded because he was a fantasy writer and should stay away from such serious topics.

The characters are not as vibrant as they possibly could have been although there were a few like Amanda that pulled on my heart. It was interesting to see the authors interpretation of the psychology of those in such camps, and the fascism and political intrigue that takes place behind the scenes, both topics I normally enjoy reading.

Over all the book was not one of my favorites and I am glad it was offered free, since I own plenty of Tracy’s other books I won’t feel bad about not giving him an offering for this one.

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Book Review: Going to Church in the First Century

Going to Church in the First Century

This book was a delightful surprise, have heard about it on many house church sights and podcasts I finally got a copy for Christmas. Weighing in at a mere 50 pages I decided to conquer it as my first book of the year. The delight came when I realized it was written as historical fiction and would not be a dreary list of facts and references.

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Book Recommendations

BookshelfIf you haven’t looked before please take a look at my bookshelf located to the right of your screen. I am trying to get a few more books for the year and I am looking for recommendations from you, yes you.

I have a good deal of books on my shelf this so far ready to be read, but I would like to mix it up a bit. Most of the books I have to read now are theological in nature and I need a variety.

So please if you have a good book of any type, fiction, non-fiction, religious, sci-fi, classic post a comment below. If you can include the full title and the author that would be great, if you can actually put the amazon link in that would be even better. Thanks in advance and watch my book shelf to see which ones I have selected to read.