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Elders and Their Qualifications (3)

June 5,2011

Elders and Their Qualifications (3)

Now we will turn our attention to the actual qualifications that God has prescribed for elders.

I. The overseer must be above reproach. The KJV says “A bishop then must be blameless.” What does it mean to be above reproach or blameless? It does not mean that a person has never sinned. Peter, the Lord’s apostle became an elder, even though he had denied the Lord and was a hypocrite with regard to his conduct with Gentiles and Jews. (1 Peter 5: I) So, above reproach does not necessitate sinlessness in a person’s life. How could Peter become an elder with a sinful past? The key is in the word “past.” He corrected his ungodliness. He repented of his sins. He begged God for mercy and forgiveness. He turned away from his iniquity. To be above reproach means that one is above criticism or without fault. Nothing stands uncorrected.

Parents should start teaching their sons while they are young to live as clean a life as possible. Stay away from drugs, sexual immorality, and drunkeness. Preparation for leadership within the family of God should begin at an early age. The man who desires to be an overseer should make every effort to forsake every sin in his life, and the sooner the better!

2. The husband of one wife. The Greek Testament says, “one woman man.” Translations interpret this phrase to mean, “married only once,” (NRSV); “the husband of one wife,” (ASV, ESV) The ESV has a footnote that says, “Or a man of one woman.” The NIV 2011 says “faithful to his wife.” The fact is, the Greek phrase “mias gunaikos andracan mean “husband of one wife.” (One woman man in the sense that he has just one wife.) It can also mean, “faithful to his wife.” (One woman, not having many women.) “Married only once” is an alternate translation. (He has been married to only one woman. Married only one time.)

Ron Daly

REMEMBER TO TUNE IN AND LISTEN TO “THE BIBLE IS RIGHT” on WBRI (1500 am) at 4:15-4:30 today and every Sunday!

Morning Scripture Reading ………Philippians 1:1-5

Evening Scripture Reading ……….Hebrews 13:7-11

Visit the following teaching blogs on the internet….

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Elders and Their Qualifications (2)

May 29, 2011

Elders and Their Qualifications (2)

There are several words in the New Testament that are used to identify the men we call elders. They are known as pastors, shepherds, bishops, overseers, elders, and presbyters. Pastors and shepherds identify them as leaders of God’s flock of sheep. (1 Peter 5:2) Bishops and overseers describe them as men who that God’s will is done correctly by the members of the congregation. They supervise the work with wisdom and knowledge. (Acts 20:28) Elders and presbyters imply that the men have the age and experience necessary to lead God’s flock. (Acts 15:2) Each of these words describes their work or identifies some quality of the men themselves.

According to Paul’s letter to Titus, if there are qualified men in a local congregation, the organizational arrangement is “unfinished” until elders are appointed. Paul said, “The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.” (Titus 1: 5; NIV 2011) It is God’s plan for his congregations to have elders. Elders have a very important work within the local group. They lead, teach, and preach (1 Timothy 5:17).

But, we must remember one very important fact: a man cannot and should not be appointed to the work of elder unless he first desires it. He not his wife, children, or even the congregation, but he himself must desire the work. If he is qualified in every way, he must first desire the work. (1 Timothy 3:1) Without the personal desire of being an overseer, if he were appointed, he would be an elder in name only but not in fact.

The eldership is a serious work and requires much wisdom and biblical knowledge. Neither foolish men nor ignoramuses can serve as God’s elders. Overseers will have many decisions to make in their work, therefore they must be prayerful men, who have the best interest of others at heart.

Ron Daly

REMEMBER TO TUNE IN AND LISTEN TO “THE
BIBLE IS RIGHT” on WBRI (1500 am) at 4:15-4:30
today and every Sunday!

Sunday Morning Scripture …………………. Acts 11:27-30

Sunday Evening Scripture ………………….. Acts 15:6-11

Visit the following teaching blogs on the internet….
http://exegeticalessays.blogspot.com
http://biblicallanguagesresearch.blogspot.com
http://dalysnttranslationproject.blogspot.com

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