Sermon – Eldership

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Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.

1 Timothy 3:1 NIV

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Leadership within the Presbyterian church and the role of the Elder.

1 Tim 3: 1 to 13

Eldership is a labour of love, an act of servanthood.

We need to decerne God’s will in the choice of Elders – it is a calling of God, not an election by people.

Elders are ordained for life and will continue to have influence and responsibility

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;  rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!  Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:5‭-‬11 NIV

Criteria for Elders:

  • Above reproach – “They must not be a skelm”
  • Husband of one wife
  • Temperate
  • Self controlled
  • Respectable
  • Hospitable
  • Able to teach
  • Not given to drunkenness
  • Gentle
  • Not quarrelsome
  • Not a lover of money
  • A person who handles his own family well
  • Not a recent convert
  • Sincere – what you see is what you get
  • Honest

The strength of the church is dependant on the strength of its leaders.