Who Runs Your Church

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This lesson, written by Chuck Webster, gives an overview of the organization of the New Testament Church. It is the 8th lesson in the Lads to Leaders PEARLS book.

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Who Runs Your Church

  1. 1. Who Runs Your Church? Chuck Webster
  2. 2. Organization is the Key <ul><li>Every area of life (sports teams, clubs, schools, businesses, etc.) must have organization. </li></ul><ul><li>SOMEONE is in charge! </li></ul><ul><li>If not, there would be chaos. </li></ul>
  3. 4. 1. God has organized His church into local congregations. <ul><li>There is no structure above the local congregation in the Bible. </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus is Head of the Church (Ephesians 1:22-23), not a man or men. </li></ul><ul><li>While congregations work together, one congregation cannot tell another what to do. </li></ul>
  4. 6. 2. God has ordained elders to lead the local church. <ul><li>Not a “pastor” system, as in denominationalism. </li></ul><ul><li>Elders, bishops (overseers), pastors (shepherds), presbyters (older with authority). </li></ul><ul><li>They are to lead by example, teaching, decision-making and discipline. </li></ul>
  5. 7. 3. God has established qualifications that elders must meet. (pages 38-39) <ul><li>Obedience in personal matters </li></ul><ul><li>Positive relationship with others </li></ul><ul><li>Example in avoiding sin </li></ul><ul><li>Leader of his family </li></ul><ul><li>Experienced Christian </li></ul><ul><li>Well-respected, even by non-Christians </li></ul>
  6. 9. 4. God has ordained deacons to serve the local church. <ul><li>“ Deacon” means “servant.” While every Christian should serve, these men are special. </li></ul><ul><li>They help take care of the day-to-day needs of the church, so the elders can have their minds free to take care of heavy matters. </li></ul><ul><li>Are not “on their own,” though. Must be under the elders rule. </li></ul>
  7. 10. 5. God has established qualifications that deacons must meet. (pages 39-40) <ul><li>A model of obedience to Christ </li></ul><ul><li>Faith must have been tested and proven </li></ul><ul><li>Effectively lead his home </li></ul>
  8. 12. 6. God has given preachers an important position in the local church. <ul><li>Preachers don’t “run the church.” They don’t “have a church.” </li></ul><ul><li>BUT, God has always used the preaching of His Word as the way to teach others. </li></ul><ul><li>Must serve under the elders. </li></ul><ul><li>Must proclaim the truth and ALL the truth. </li></ul>
  9. 13. So…Who Runs Your Church? <ul><li>If Organized the Way God Wants… </li></ul><ul><li>God and Jesus do! </li></ul><ul><li>Elders make decisions for local congregations by the Bible. </li></ul><ul><li>Deacons serve </li></ul><ul><li>Preachers spread the Word. </li></ul><ul><li>Every Christian works. </li></ul>

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