Elders and Followers


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Sermon - 24 November 2013
by Bruce McCallum

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Elders and Followers

  2. 2. God only created two institutions: The home + The Church A natural family + A spiritual family. Family matters!
  3. 3. Psalm 95:3 (NIV) 3 For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. Psalm 103:19 (NIV) 19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.
  4. 4. 1 Peter 5:1-3 (NIV) 1 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellowelder, a witness of Christ's sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
  5. 5. Acts 20:17 (NIV) 17 From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church. Acts 20:28 (NIV) 28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.
  6. 6. • Elder is the office given to the person. • Bishop or overseer is the governmental work of giving direction & ‘overseeing’ the church • Shepherding or pastoring is the spiritual ministry of an elder
  7. 7. What should we expect of our elders?
  8. 8. 1. DIRECTION 1 Timothy 5:17 (NIV) 17 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. Romans 12:8 (NIV) 8 … if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; …
  9. 9. Being disciples, who make disciples, who are making disciples!
  10. 10. Church in Celebration Church in Small Groups Church to the Community
  11. 11. 2. DISCIPLESHIP 2 Timothy 2:1-2 (NIV) 1 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.
  12. 12. D = Divine Truth Hear God for yourself and joyfully obey N = Nurturing Accountability Grow up before you grow old A = Apostolic Mission Bring His Kingdom from heaven to earth.
  13. 13. 3. DISCIPLINE Hebrews 12:5-9 (NIV) 5 And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, 6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son." 7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!
  14. 14. 3 ways to exercise discipline in the church a. Encourage Hebrews 3:12-13 (NIV) 12 See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.
  15. 15. b. Reprove Proverbs 15:12 (ESV) 12 A scoffer does not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise.
  16. 16. c. Rebuke 1 Timothy 5:20 (ESV) 20 As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.
  17. 17. 4. DUPLICATION 2 Timothy 2:2 (NIV) 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.
  18. 18. 5. DOCTRINE Titus 2:1 (NIV) 1 You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine.
  19. 19. 6. DISPUTE SETTLEMENT 1 Corinthians 6:1-3 (NIV) 1 If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints? 2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? 3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!
  20. 20. Romans 12:18 (NIV) 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
  21. 21. What can your Elders expect from you?
  22. 22. 1. Godly humble leaders can expect those they lead to submit. Hebrews 13:17 (NLT) 17 Obey your spiritual leaders and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they know they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this joyfully and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.
  23. 23. 1 Thessalonians 5:12 (NIV) 12 Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you.
  24. 24. 2. Godly humble leaders can expect those they lead to protect the unity of the church. Philippians 2:2 (NIV) 2 then make my joy complete by being likeminded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
  25. 25. 3. Godly humble leaders can expect those they lead to take personal ownership of the vision of the church. "I don’t need a Church" is nonsense. You can’t love Christ & not his Body, the King & not his Kingdom, the Father & not his Family.