We are initiating an elder selection process for our congregation once again. This sermon is an overview of the role of elders/shepherds/overseers in the Scriptures, focusing on their work, their qualifications, their motives, and their selection.
Responses to these questions:
1. In the absence of scriptural leadership, how does a congregation operate?
2. Is there a book, chapter, and verse which tells us Jesus was 33 when He died?
3. What are some of the differences between the Sadducees and the Pharisees besides the denial of resurrection by the former?
What is a deacon? How does a deacon differ from an elder? What will the work of a deacon look like? And what will be the relationship between a deacon and other members of a local church?
Why are church overseers/elders/shepherds limited to those who have exhibited specific qualities? We go through 1 Timothy 3 to explore these divine descriptions of a local church's leaders.
As we work toward a complete picture of shared leadership in the church, we first trace the function of elders in the Old Testament communities and see how important they are to a community's assurance of the establishment of wisdom and justice.