“Double honor” means both respect and material remuneration for certain laboring elders. By using the phrase “double honor,” Paul covers all elders because all deserve honor as elders, but he also marks out for extra honor those who labor diligently and effectively. If this is not correct, than the phrase is simply a figurative expression for “extra honor,” “abundant honor,” or “much honor.”
The mention of Scripture is the ultimate voice of authority. It implies scriptural, God-given principles that cannot be ignored. It alerts the reader to something that must be obeyed. Furthermore, it prepares us for an explanation of double honor.
Explain the meaning of the phrase “Do not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.”
How does Galatians 6:6 help us to interpret 1 Timothy 5:18c?
What does the speaker mean when he says, “There is a great deal of flexibility in how the teaching of this passage is implemented in a local church?”
Read pages 211-215 in Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch. Write down a summary of the salient points from the material you read.