Saturday, April 11, 2020

Elders are a Means of Grace (Part 2) - Application of this Means of Grace

[Heb 13:7 NKJV] 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.

In part one of this topic, we examined the fact that elders given to a particular local church, to the specific members of that church, as a means of grace in their lives, for their equipping and maturation in Christ, for the work of ministry. We also saw that a "means of grace" is a particular biblical way God blesses us or brings grace into our lives. To read this post, go HERE

In this post we will examine how to employ elders in our lives, in biblical ways, so that we benefit (by grace alone) by this particular means of grace. 

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Elders are a Biblical Means of Grace (Part 1)

[Eph 4:11-16 NKJV] 11 And He Himself gave some [to be] apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ-- 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

Elders and teachers are given to a particular local church as a means of grace to the members of that particular church. (The use of the term "teachers" will not be addressed in this post.) It is not the man, and his own abilities, that matters, but rather God's means of using that man in biblical ways to bless his people by his word and Spirit.  

By "elders" God means the actual men raised up in a particular local church, made up of particular individual Christians, and given to the members of that particular church only. There is no such thing as a "universal" elder. Elders are called to shepherd the flock that is among them. (1 Peter 5:2) They are not called to lead members of other local churches. 

The Law of the Kingdom of God is Love (Part 2)

Part 2 of this short series on the Kingdom of God is in audio form only. You can listen to the message by going to the link below. The L...