Series: First Among Equals
Presenter: Alexander Strauch
First in a series explaining the concept of “first among equals,” the speaker focuses on Paul’s command to churches to honor those elders who lead well and particularly those who labor in preaching and teaching.
They serve with distinction and proficiency. They are faithful in their leadership. They are good planners, organizers and motivators. They get things done, and they are effective in their care for people. Most likely, they have the spiritual gift of leadership (Rom. 12:8).
The elders of 1 Timothy 5:17 have the spiritual gift of teaching. They are Holy Spirit-gifted teachers. They love to study, prepare messages, and teach. They make large sacrifices of time to dedicate themselves to the study of the Word of God. They are disciplined students of the Word. When they teach and preach, there is obvious fruit born as a result.