P 1 4. Obligations toward. the Eldership. Introduction. A healthy relationship between members and overseers, which God’s pattern for the local church expects, also requires obligations on the part of the members. We want to consider 3 things tonight Obey, Submit, and having Unity
1 Thessalonians 5:12 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.
In ALL matters
it’s the elders’ job
to make the decision.
In the Kingdom of Heaven:
God is the King.
His Word is the Law.
Elders are given oversight of His church.
And we as members…?
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
Eph. 6:1 Children, obeyyour parentsin the Lord, for this is right.
1 Peter 2:13 Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—
Must I always obey?
Acts 2:44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common,
45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.
46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,
47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
How could people
of such different backgrounds
Ephesians 4:1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Mark 16:16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
Direct in matters of law?
Al, I would dare say (and your Dad may verify it) 90% of the feedback we get is along the lines of what we should have done, what we ought to do (my favorite, it makes you feel like if you don’t’ do what they say, they label you as a failure and sets you up for), and “I told you so”. 90% is complaints and pointing out things for you deal with and only about 10% tell you, you did the right thing and they appreciate you.
MAY THIS NEVER BE SAID OF O’NEAL!
Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel,