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Our Spiritual Leaders: Leadership (19 of 20)
I Peter 5:1-9
July 13, 1997
I Peter has made a profound impact upon my life. This great Apostle has covered so much in these five brief chapters. It is unbelievable what He includes in this letter to the "pilgrims of the Dispersion."
He has covered ...
SALVATION... "Elect according to the foreknowledge of God."
SANCTIFICATION ... "Of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus."
SERVICE ... "As free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God."
SUBMISSION... "Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake."
SUFFERING ... "If you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed."
SECOND COMING ... "The end of all things is at hand; therefore, be serious and watchful in your prayers."
Now just before he closes the letter, he tosses in a study on spiritual leadership. He talks about the Elders who are leading the people in the Dispersion.
Peter affirms that he is "a fellow Elder in the Church." We must make it clear that all the Apostles were Elders, but not all Elders were Apostles. There were twelve Apostles and many Elders.
Some things about spiritual leaders (Elders) that we need to know:
(1) Elders are to be appointed in every church.
Acts 14:23 ... "So when they had appointed Elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed."
Titus 1:5 ... "For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint Elders in every city as I commanded you."
(2) Qualifications for Elders.
I Timothy 3:1-7
I trust that you will notice that the qualifications for an Elder deal primarily with who he is, not what he can do.
(3) Why we need Elders?
What is the function of spiritual leaders in the Church?
Spiritual Leaders ...
I. SHEPHERD THE FLOCK. ( ...
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