Leaders in God’s Flock<br />
BishopOverseerElderPastor<br />
Elders<br />Ephesians 4:15-16 “head of the church”<br />John 15:5 “nothing without me”<br />Matthew 16:18 “my  church”<br ...
The Church’s “Board of Directors”<br />
The Words: OVERSEER, BISHOP<br />OVERSEER (ἐπίσκοπος)<br />BDAG<br />one who has the responsibility of safeguarding or see...
OVERSEER (ἐπίσκοπος) (episkopos)<br />Acts 20:28<br />Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which t...
The Words: ELDER<br />ELDER (πρεσβύτερος)<br />BDAG<br />Being relatively advanced in age: older, old.<br />An official: e...
The Words: PASTOR, SHEPHERD<br />SHEPHERD, PASTOR, MINISTER (ποιμήν)<br />BDAG<br />One who herds sheep: shepherd, sheep-h...
SHEPHERD(ποιμήν) (poi-MEIN)<br />John 10:11, 14<br />I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his ...
Overseer, Bishop, Caretaker, WatchmanElder, Wise Man, Experienced ManShepherd, Pastor, Protector<br />
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.<br />Therefore an oversee...
This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I dir...
1 Timothy 3:1-7<br />Titus 1:5-9<br /><ul><li>Above Reproach
Husband of one wife
Sober-minded
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Leaders in God’s Flock - Qualifications for Elders

  1. 1. Leaders in God’s Flock<br />
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  3. 3. BishopOverseerElderPastor<br />
  4. 4. Elders<br />Ephesians 4:15-16 “head of the church”<br />John 15:5 “nothing without me”<br />Matthew 16:18 “my church”<br />Ephesians 5:22-23 “Christ is the head” lover, sanctifier<br />Deacons<br />
  5. 5. The Church’s “Board of Directors”<br />
  6. 6. The Words: OVERSEER, BISHOP<br />OVERSEER (ἐπίσκοπος)<br />BDAG<br />one who has the responsibility of safeguarding or seeing to it that something is done in the correct way, guardian<br />In the Gr-Rom. World, refers to one who has a definite function or fixed office of guardianship and related activity within a group. Overseer; supervisor.<br />TDNT<br />An onlooker, watcher, protector, patron; outside of scripture used as a secular word for those who have technical and financial responsibilities.<br />Moses had “commanders” (e) of thousands, etc. (Numbers 31:14)<br />
  7. 7. OVERSEER (ἐπίσκοπος) (episkopos)<br />Acts 20:28<br />Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made youoverseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.<br />Philippians 1:1<br />To the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers(bishops – KJV) and deacons.<br />1 Timothy 3:2<br />Therefore, an overseer(bishop – KJV) must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled…<br />Titus 1:7<br />For an overseer(bishop – KJV), as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered…<br />1 Peter 2:25<br />For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer(Guardian – NASB, Bishop - KJV) of your souls.<br />
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  9. 9. The Words: ELDER<br />ELDER (πρεσβύτερος)<br />BDAG<br />Being relatively advanced in age: older, old.<br />An official: elder, presbyter.<br />Officer of the synagogue; member of local council in an individual city (Joshua 20:4, Ruth 4:2)<br />Member of the Sanhedrin of Jerusalem (Matthew 21:23, 26:3, 4:23)<br />Church official under consideration today (1 Peter 5:1-5)<br />John’s letters (“The elder to the elect lady…” 2 John 1)<br />Heavenly council of 24 elders around the throne (Revelation 4:4, 7:11, 14:3, 19:4, etc. Prophesied in Isaiah 24:23)<br />TDNT<br />A designation of age: (Proverbs 20:29, Leviticus 19:32, Genesis 18:11, John 8:9, Acts 2:17, etc.)<br />A title of office: (Luke 22:66, Acts 22:5, etc.)<br />Ambiguous: 1 Peter 5:5 “You who are younger, be subject to the elders…”<br />
  10. 10. The Words: PASTOR, SHEPHERD<br />SHEPHERD, PASTOR, MINISTER (ποιμήν)<br />BDAG<br />One who herds sheep: shepherd, sheep-herder<br />One who serves as a guardian or leader: shepherd (fig.)<br />TDNT<br />Literally: an tender of flocks<br />Figuratively: <br />-a nickname for honored kings.<br />-a designation of God’s care. (Psalm 23)<br />-a description of Jesus<br /> -The good shepherd (John 10:11)<br /> -The Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4)<br />-a congregational leader (Eph. 4:11, John 21:15-17, 1 Pet. 5:3)<br />
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  12. 12. SHEPHERD(ποιμήν) (poi-MEIN)<br />John 10:11, 14<br />I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep…I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me.<br />Ephesians 4:11<br />He gave some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teachers.<br />Hebrews 13:20<br />Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood…<br />1 Peter 2:25<br />For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer (Guardian – NASB, Bishop - KJV) of your souls.<br />
  13. 13. Overseer, Bishop, Caretaker, WatchmanElder, Wise Man, Experienced ManShepherd, Pastor, Protector<br />
  14. 14. The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.<br />Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. <br />He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? <br />He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. <br />Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. <br />1 Timothy 3:1-7 ESV<br />
  15. 15. This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you— ifanyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. <br />For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. <br />He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. <br />He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. <br />Titus 1:5-9 ESV<br />
  16. 16. 1 Timothy 3:1-7<br />Titus 1:5-9<br /><ul><li>Above Reproach
  17. 17. Husband of one wife
  18. 18. Sober-minded
  19. 19. Self-controlled
  20. 20. Respectable
  21. 21. Hospitable
  22. 22. Able to teach
  23. 23. Not a drunkard
  24. 24. Not violent, but gentle
  25. 25. Not quarrelsome
  26. 26. Not a lover of money
  27. 27. Manage household well; With dignity, keeping children submissive
  28. 28. Not a recent convert (no pride!)
  29. 29. Thought well of by outsiders (not disgraced)
  30. 30. Above reproach
  31. 31. Husband of one wife
  32. 32. Children are believers (no debauchery or insubordination)
  33. 33. Above reproach (!)
  34. 34. Not arrogant
  35. 35. Not quick-tempered
  36. 36. Not a drunkard
  37. 37. Not violent
  38. 38. Not greedy for gain
  39. 39. Hospitable
  40. 40. A lover of good
  41. 41. Self-controlled
  42. 42. Upright
  43. 43. Holy
  44. 44. Disciplined
  45. 45. Holding firm; able to instruct
  46. 46. Able to rebuke the contradictors</li></li></ul><li>The Duties of Elders<br />Shepherd the flock as an example (1 Peter 5:1-3)<br />Feed and care for the church (Acts 20:28, 1 Thess. 5:12)<br />Teach and preach sound teachings (1 Tim, 5:17, Titus 1:9)<br />Rule and lead (1 Timothy 5:17, Hebrews 13:17)<br />Train and appoint others (Acts 14:23, 1 Timothy 4:14, 5:22)<br />Rebuke and refute the false teachers (Titus 1:9, 13)<br />Keep watch over and give account for the well-being of the church (Hebrews 13:17)<br />Serve like Christ – in humility (1 Peter 5:3-4)<br />

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