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?
Are we guilty of trying on churches in a way which resembles shopping for clothes or a toy? We discuss the dangers of church hopping, church shopping, and becoming passive members who consume without producing.
As the dynamics of our Rockville church family are in transition, we look at some principles we can learn from the Jerusalem family of Jesus-followers as they went through some changing dynamics.
They look like sheep but inwardly are wolves. But Jesus says we will know them by their fruits. We look at an Old Testament passage from Jeremiah and a New Testament passage from 2 Peter to discern what the fruit of a false prophet/teacher is.
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?
As we explore the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15, we see the value of healthy discussion on controversial issues. But what is the methodology for reaching sound conclusions?
We compare and contrast the worldly models of leadership with the principles we learn from Jesus Himself
Acts 6 provides insight into what appears to be the beginnings of selecting deacons for delegation of areas of service. We look at this passage to see what can we can learn about all forms of leadership.
For an examination of responsibilities of elder-shepherds, we look at the text of Ezekiel 34 to see the failures of Israel's shepherds and how Jesus models everything they lacked.