Tuesday, October 16, 2018
The Church the Called out ones
Terrance Wiebe www.EasTview.orgWho is in charge? Jesus and the elders.
Elders appears 26 times in the New Testament. Elders lead together.
And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share in his glory when he is revealed to the whole world. As a fellow elder, I appeal to you: Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don't Lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor. In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."
1 Peter 5:1-5 NLT
Peter was the superstar of the Church but he called himself an elder. A fellow employee?
Accept that you bless others in humility.
Peter was not a shepherd but the shepherd theme is all over the NT.
David was a shepherd. Ps 23 the Lord is my shepherd. Sometimes he has to MAKE us lie down. Sometimes he has to make a quiet pool. Sometimes he has to pull the sheep back up when it falls.
Luke 15 the shepherd finds the lost sheep. 1 Samuel 17 David rescued sheep and killed the bear. Jesus reached into the mouth of death and saved us. Jesus wants us.
James 5 cover a multitude of sins
1 Timothy 3.1 want to be a leader.
John 10 the Good Shepherd lays down his life. He doesn't run away.
The methods of the corporate world can't be applied to the church. The elder is part of the flock.
John 13 Jesus washed feet even though he was Lord. Do as he did.