Biblical truth standing on its spiritual head to get our eternal attention.

1 Timothy 3; Titus 1 – Checking off the list vs. Checking our understanding of the list

| May 9, 2014

The qualifications of elders is often controversial because we approach it as a cold list instead of as a life lived and learned. Let me demonstrate the difference. Must all of the elder’s children be faithful? That seems to be one of the eternal questions. First, ask yourself what is the purpose of the qualification. […]

1 Peter 5:1-5 – Why Local Church Autonomy?

| December 23, 2012

Why local church autonomy? Implied within the command to elders to shepherd the flock among them is church autonomy (1 Pt 5.1-3). Add that to the silence of the scriptures and we learn God’s design that each church is autonomous, separated from other local congregations in government. This is a Biblical concept that is lost […]

Jeremiah 3:15-18 – The Blessings of Good Shepherds

| November 19, 2009

Every gift given by God is to bless His people.  Do we believe that?  If so, let’s look at one gift of grace – pastors.   Jesus wanted to bless His people with shepherds, also known as pastors, elders, and overseers: Ephesians 4:7,11 – But to each one of us grace was given according to the […]

Judges 5:2 – Leadership and Volunteers

| October 12, 2009

“That the leaders led in Israel, That the people volunteered, Bless the Lord! (Judges 5:2).  Spiritual-life is that simple, and yet that complicated.  And in reality, all of life is that simple, and yet that complicated.  I would like to say that generally, we are the only ones who make our lives simple or complicated.  […]

1 Timothy 3:1-7 – Selecting Elders

| October 12, 2009

We began the process of selecting elders with constant congregational prayer.  Then, we proceeded with an intense study of scriptures.  Thirdly we examined ourselves and the men of the congregation.  Hopefully we spent more time examining ourselves than others.  Finally the last couple of weeks, we have begun finishing what we started last year by […]

Hebrews 13:17 – Obey Your Leaders

| October 5, 2009

Obey your leaders, and submit to them; for they keep watch over your souls, as those who will give an account.  Let them do this with joy and not with grief for this would be unprofitable for you. (Hebrews 13:17) To whom is this command directed?  It is directed to the church concerning their relationship […]

Acts 20:35 – Leadership Paradoxes

| September 22, 2009

In commenting on difficult times, William McCumber, in an editorial entitled “Leadership Paradoxes” has listed ten conclusions about people in general.  He found the letter in a newspaper article about Howard Ferguson, a wrestling coach, who initially formulated the list: People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.  Love them anyway.

1 Peter 5:1-4 – Do Elders Have Authority?

| September 20, 2009

Sometimes the very texts used to discredit and disavow certain beliefs and practices, upon further examination, prove the exact opposite. For example, many deny the necessity of baptism and cite 1 Corinthians 1:17 as proof.  Further contextual review reveals the whole passage as actually very pro-baptism.  That is why Paul uses baptism as such a […]