9 Marks of a Healthy Church – 9 Biblical Church Leadership

John Carter – January 21 & 28, 2018

Mark Nine: Biblical Church Leadership

WIAHC?

P.113 – “If God has so gifted a certain man in the church with exemplary character, pastoral wisdom, and gifts of teaching, and if, after prayer, the church recognizes these things, then he should be set apart as an elder.”

What is an Elder?

  • Acts 6

Elders and Congregations

  • 115 – “The first president of the Southern Baptist Convention, W. B. Johnson, wrote a treatise in 1846 calling Baptist churches to use a plurality of elders since the practice was biblical.”
  • 115 – “We believe that the Bible teaches that the final decision on matters rests within the congregation as a whole, not with a church’s elders or anyone outside the church body.”
  • Matthew 18 – the church, not the elders are the “final court of appeal.”
  • The New Testament letters are primarily addressed to churches – Members and Leaders

Plurality of Elders

  • 116 – “The New Testament never suggests a specific number of elders for a particular congregation, but it clearly and consistently refers to the ‘elders’ of a local church in the plural.”
  • 117 – “The preacher or pastor is, fundamentally, just one more elder, formally equal with every other man called by the congregation to act in this capacity.”

Benefits of Elders

  • 117 – “It rounds out the pastor’s gifts, making up for some of his defects and supplementing his judgment. It creates support in the congregation for decisions, helping unity and leaving leaders less exposed to unjust criticism.”

What about Deacons?

Shouldering the Burden and Privilege

9MARKS

The Congregational Context of Church Leadership

 


The Biblical Qualifications for Church Leadership

1 Timothy 3:1-7

The saying is trustworthy:
If anyone aspires to the office of overseer,
he desires a noble task. 2
Therefore an overseer must be
above reproach, (D)
the husband of one wife, (D)
sober-minded,
self-controlled,
respectable,
hospitable,
able to teach, 3
not a drunkard, (D)
not violent but
gentle,
not quarrelsome,
not a lover of money. 4 (D)
He must manage his own household well, (D)
with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5
for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? 6
He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover,
he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.

Titus 1:5-9

5 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— 6 if anyone is
above reproach, (D)
the husband of one wife, and (D)
his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. 7 For

an overseer, as
God’s steward, must be
above reproach. He must (D)
not be arrogant or
(not) quick-tempered or
(not) a drunkard or (D)
(not) violent or
(not) greedy for gain, 8 but (D)
hospitable,
a lover of good,
self-controlled,
upright,
holy, and
disciplined. 9 He must
hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he
may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also
(able) to rebuke those who contradict it.

  • 1 Timothy 5:17
  • 1 Peter 5:1-5
  • 1 Timothy 2:12
  • Ephesians 4:11-12
  • Acts 20:17, 28
8 Deacons likewise must be
dignified,
not double-tongued,
not addicted to much wine,
not greedy for dishonest gain. 9 They must
hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And
let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves
blameless. 11 (Right Column) 12
Let deacons each be the husband of one wife,
managing their children and their own households well. 13 For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
11
Their wives* likewise must be
dignified,
not slanderers, but
sober-minded,
faithful in all things.
New International Version

In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.

New Living Translation

In the same way, their wives must be respected and must not slander others. They must exercise self-control and be faithful in everything they do.

English Standard Version

Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things.

Berean Study Bible

In the same way, the women must be dignified, not slanderers, but temperate and faithful in all things.

Berean Literal Bible

Women likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, clear-minded, faithful in all things.

New American Standard Bible

Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things.

King James Bible

Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

Holman Christian Standard Bible

Wives, too, must be worthy of respect, not slanderers, self-controlled, faithful in everything.

International Standard Version

Their wives must also be serious. They must not be gossips, but instead be stable and trustworthy in everything.

NET Bible

Likewise also their wives must be dignified, not slanderous, temperate, faithful in every respect.

New Heart English Bible

Their wives in the same way must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English

In this way also, the wives should be modest and alert in their minds and shall be faithful in everything and should not be slanderers.

GOD’S WORD® Translation

Their wives must also be of good character. They must not be gossips, but they must control their tempers and be trustworthy in every way.

New American Standard 1977

Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things.

Jubilee Bible 2000

The wives likewise are to be honest, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.

King James 2000 Bible

Even so must their wives be serious, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.

American King James Version

Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

American Standard Version

Women in like manner must be grave, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.

Douay-Rheims Bible

The women in like manner chaste, not slanderers, but sober, faithful in all things.

Darby Bible Translation

[The] women in like manner grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

English Revised Version

Women in like manner must be grave, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.

Webster’s Bible Translation

Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

Weymouth New Testament

Deaconesses, in the same way, must be sober-minded women, not slanderers, but in every way temperate and trustworthy.

World English Bible

Their wives in the same way must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.

Young’s Literal Translation

Women — in like manner grave, not false accusers, vigilant, faithful in all things.

Women = 10x; Wives = 13x; Deaconesses = 1x ( see: Romans 16:1)

 

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