Love Among Elders 3

Series: Love Among Elders
Presenter: Kevin Fitzgerald

This unit will present Christ’s selfless attitude toward status from Philippians 2 as the model for all servant leaders.



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Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. How did III John describe a man named Diotrephe?
He described this man as one: “who likes to put himself first.”
2. According to Jesus in Mark 9:35, what is the true mark of greatness?
Mark 9:35 “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”
3. From Philippians 2:5-8, in what three ways did Christ use his status for the benefit of others?
Jesus’ life was characterized by self-surrender, self renunciation, and self-sacrifice.

Discuss It

  1. What should an elder board do if one of the members tends to function like a “Diotrephe?”
  2. What are the dangers when elders refuse to have the “hard conversation” with a fellow member whose behavior is unbecoming of a spiritual leader?
  3. In what ways can elders use their status for the benefit and blessing of others?

Apply It

  1. If you have experienced times when an elder board avoided having the hard conversation with one of its members, list the negative consequences that resulted.
  2. If you have experienced times when an elder board did have the hard conversation with one of its members, list the positive consequences that resulted.