7. Abilities of Elders and Examination

Series: Restoring Biblical Eldership
Presenter: Alexander Strauch

The speaker focuses on what abilities pastor-elders must have, and then briefly explains how elders are to be examined and appointed. Part 7 of 9.



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Passages Every Elder Must Know
100 Bible Knowledge Questions, by Kevin DeYoung

Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. 1 Timothy 3:4 says an elder must manage his household well. Why is this important?
If a man cannot manage his family and keep his home under control, he cannot possibly manage the family of God (1 Tim. 3:5).
2. An elder must have biblical knowledge. But what other skill does Titus 1:9 imply an elder must have?
Elders must be able to communicate the Word of God. They don’t have to be super highly gifted in this, but they must “be able to give instruction in sound doctrine” and “rebuke those who contradict it” (Titus 1:9).
3. After a man has been approved to be an elder, there must be a public appointment. What reason does the speaker give for this?
It must be public so that everyone in the church recognizes that this man has joined the elders in their work to lead the church.

Discuss It

  1. The speaker mentioned how he remembers men and women from his young adult years who exemplified what it means to live as a Christian. Do you have anyone like that in your life? Explain how someone has or had a significant impact on your Christian walk.
  2. Consider your answer(s) to the question above. How can you seek to be a better model and example for others around you?

Apply It

  1. The speaker emphasizes how all elder candidates must be examined regarding their doctrine. From the link above, download Passages Every Elder Must Know by Alex Strauch and Viji Roberts. Also test yourself using Kevin DeYoung’s 100 Bible Knowledge Questions.