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1 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb. 2007

2 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb A Biblical Examination Of How One Might Prepare Himself For The Eldership

3 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb Where Do Elders Come From? Elders come from disciples of the Lord They are people “out of this world” Jn 3:3-5, 8 They have left everything behind for the sake of the heavenly kingdom Mt 16:24-25 They must be like Paul Phil 3:7-8, He was not “super” because he was an apostle who had seen the resurrected Christ

4 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb Where Do Elders Come From? Elders come from disciples of the Lord They are people “out of this world” Jn 3:3-5, 8 They have left everything behind for the sake of the heavenly kingdom Mt 16:24-25 They must be like Paul Phil 3:7-8, He was “super” because he was a disciple!

5 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb Where Do Elders Come From? Elders come from disciples of the Lord who are men The terms “elder” & “bishop” = masculine 1 Tim 3:1ff Titus 1:6ff “lf any man…” indicates the gender of the elder Obviously (and w/o chauvinism), female disciples cannot be bishops cp. 1 Tim 2:12

6 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb Where Do Elders Come From? Elders come from disciples of the Lord who are mature men The term “elder” refers to one who is mature in his age Yet, his age is not the only consideration…the concern is also about his experience in the kingdom and his spiritual development

7 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb Where Do Elders Come From? Elders come from disciples of the Lord who are mature men An elder cannot be a novice 1 Tim 3:6 An older man could be a new convert, new in the faith However, he would not yet be ready to lead others even though he was older in years

8 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb Where Do Elders Come From? Elders come from disciples of the Lord who are mature men An elder needs to possess the qualities of a “grown up child of God” cp. 1 Cor 3:1-3 This is required of all disciples, but is especially true of the bishop

9 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb Where Do Elders Come From? Elders come from disciples of the Lord who are mature men with families It is not remarkable for a man to be married cp. Gen 2:18 It is not uncommon for a married man to be a father cp. Psa 127:3

10 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb Where Do Elders Come From? Elders come from disciples of the Lord who are mature men with families What is under consideration is the type of family man he is A man’s family life has been the “proving ground” wherein he has demonstrated his aptitude to serve as an overseer

11 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb Where Do Elders Come From? Elders come from disciples of the Lord who are mature men with families A man’s family life has been the “proving ground” wherein he has demonstrated his aptitude to serve as an overseer The submission of his wife 1 Tim 3:11 Eph 5 He has earned his wife’s respect 1 Pet 3:5-6

12 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb Where Do Elders Come From? Elders come from disciples of the Lord who are mature men with families A man’s family life has been the “proving ground” wherein he has demonstrated his aptitude to serve as an overseer The obedience of his children 1 Tim 3:4-5 Eph 6 Not in “terrorizing them into compliance”

13 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb Where Do Elders Come From? Elders come from disciples of the Lord who are mature men with families A man’s family life has been the “proving ground” wherein he has demonstrated his aptitude to serve as an overseer The salvation of his children Titus 1:6 Is he able to lead others to the Lord?

14 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb Where Do Elders Come From? Elders come from disciples of the Lord who are mature men with families who also meet other character-based requirements or qualifications Issues we will examine more in-depth in our coming studies

15 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb Where Do Elders Come From? So, in retrospect, it is not a “challenge” or “remarkable” for us to find… …disciples Mt 28:18 …disciples who are men Acts 4:4 5:14 …disciples who are mature Eph 4:14-16 …disciples with families Acts 10, 16

16 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb Where Do Elders Come From? Back to our original question…why do so many local churches not have elders? Could it be these same churches do not have enough godly disciples? We’re not trying to pass judgment on others Perhaps that is where the “scarcity” really is

17 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb Where Do Elders Come From? At this moment, this local church is only 5 heartbeats away from being w/o overseers Our elders are only mortal men, taking their place for the “need of the moment” That is the real reason for these studies… someone must be ready to take their place

18 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb Where Do Elders Come From? At this moment, this local church is only 5 heartbeats away from being w/o overseers Such noble work won’t be accomplished by a last-minute decision, “I think I’ll be an elder” Preparation must be made for such duties… preparation that begins with you NOW

19 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb Where Do Elders Come From? If you want to be an elder,… …start by being a faithful, committed disciple of Jesus Christ cp. 1 Pet 1:13-16 …prepare yourself and then desire to serve as an overseer of one of God’s local flocks, either here at Eastside or somewhere else as Divine providence might lead you

20 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb The Prospective Shepherd Having established where we find such a man, we now must examine him personally Areas where Divine revelation provides information that addresses who he should be  His character Ù does he possess the “moral fiber” necessary to serve?

21 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb The Prospective Shepherd Having established where we find such a man, we now must examine him personally Areas where Divine revelation provides information that addresses who he should be  His family Ù do his domestic successes or failures either qualify or disqualify him?

22 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb The Prospective Shepherd Having established where we find such a man, we now must examine him personally Areas where Divine revelation provides information that addresses who he should be  His work Ù will he be able to do such a work?

23 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb The Prospective Shepherd If men are going to be the people of God, character is an issue God is a moral, spiritual Being Jn 4:24 Man is also moral, spiritual Gen 2:7 Eccl 3:11 12:7 Character is especially important re: those who would lead His people cp. Ex 18:21 Character

24 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb The Prospective Shepherd Two areas where the Biblical qualifications address the shepherd & his character: Ê How he presents himself Ë How he interacts with others Character The first to be examined cp. Acts 20:28 2 Cor 13:5

25 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb The Prospective Shepherd The shepherd and himself Ê Not greedy for money 1 Tim 3:3 Titus 1:7 Other translations say “Not fond of sordid gain” or “Free from the love of money” or “Not given (fond) of filthy lucre” or “Not a money lover” or “Not greedy for shameful gain” Character

26 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb The Prospective Shepherd The shepherd and himself Ê Not greedy for money 1 Tim 3:3 Titus 1:7 The issue is not just affection for money, but really is the way in which money is obtained No “questionable” way to obtain wealth is allowed Character

27 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb “One who is not eager for base gain.” The prohibition is against the dishonorable, disgraceful, or base advantage. Thayer, p. 17

28 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb The Prospective Shepherd The shepherd and himself Ê Not greedy for money 1 Tim 3:3 Titus 1:7 The issue is not just affection for money, but really is the way in which money is obtained No “questionable” way to obtain wealth is allowed Ë Not covetous 1 Tim 3:3 Not loving or no insatiable appetite for money Character

29 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb The Prospective Shepherd The shepherd and himself Ê Not greedy for money 1 Tim 3:3 Titus 1:7 Ë Not covetous 1 Tim 3:3 Character Required of all disciples Col 3:5 1 Tim 6:9-10, Heb 13:5

30 Eldership Preparation StudiesEastside church of Christ – Feb. 2007


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