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Elders and Evangelists

In Acts 13 Luke recorded that the Holy Spirit chose Barnabas and Saul (the apostle Paul) for the important mission of spreading the gospel throughout Asia Minor. Near the end of that tour, he mentioned a return trip through several cities in that region. They were “strengthening” and “exhorting” the disciples “to continue in the faith.” The next verse states that Paul and Barnabas “appointed elders in every church” (Acts 14:21-23). Notice they did not appoint a single man to oversee a local church, but a group or plurality of men. These men were selected based on meeting certain criteria (qualifications) in their lives. Those you will find in Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus (1 Tim 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9).

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Another Generation Arose

Israel went into apostasy, renounced faith in the LORD God and abandoned all loyalty to Him just two generations removed from Joshua (Judges 2:10). This lesson will give three reasons for Israel’s departure as well as define four levels of failure on their part as a reminder that the same thing can happen and has happened to the church.


Qualifying A Congregation For Elders

If elders are going to function as the Lord would have them to, then they must be working within a congregation that is willing to cooperate with the nature of their work. Just as there are good congregations languishing without spiritual leadership because no one is qualified to serve in that capacity, there are also congregations that are not qualified to have the type of leadership that our Lord has commanded, simply because they would not subject themselves to that leadership. What is the responsibility of a congregation to its elders (bishops, overseers, pastors)?

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