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THE COMMISSION OF THE CHURCH ELDERSHIP – ELDERS RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE CHURCH

TEXT: Acts 15:4

INTRODUCTION       

An Elder is one of the spiritual leaders of the church of Jesus Christ. In rank, he is above a Deacon but he is below a Pastor or Minister of the church. Acts 15:22. They actually exist in the early church and they were working with the Apostles and Prophets in those days.

RESPOSIBILITIES

  1. They are to feed the flock of God. Acts 20:17, 28.
  2. They are charged with the spiritual activities of the church especially to teach the word of God. 1stTim 3:2.
  3. They attend church regularly and take interest in all departments to enhance Revival. Titus 2:7-8.
  4. To visit the sick and pray for them. James 5:14.
  5. They must preach the word of God on daily basis. 1st 3:2; 5:17.
  6. They must rule well in their own houses. 1st 3:4.
  7. It is the duty of an Elder to be vigilant. 1st 3:2.
  8. It is Elders’ responsibility not to strike. 1st 3:3.
  9. It is Elders’ responsibility to be hospitable. 1st 3:2.
  10. They are to settle peace among brethren that have misunderstanding. 1st 6:1-4.
  11. They are to stand on the principle of the word of God. Acts 15:6.
  12. They share burdens of the church together with fulltime Ministers of the Gospel. Numbers 11:17, Acts 15:6.
  13. They assist the Pastor during the Lord’s Table. Luke 22:7-12.

CONCLUSION       

The works of the Eldership are numerous and substantial, so far they exist in assisting the fulltime Ministers to supply the daily demand of the pulpit. However, they must humble their life, respect and co-operate with the fulltime ministers of the gospel. They ought to bear in mind that The Master Jesus was exalted after the demonstration of His humility. Phil. 2:6-11. They cannot show pride, which is the reason for the downfall of Satan. Eze. 28:14-17. The full time ministers should also realize that we are all Elders in a deeper sense and will not practice egoism neither shall we be lord over God’s heritage. 1st Pet. 5:1-4.

BY

APOSTLE DR. E. T. DODOH {JP}