8. The Work: Teaching and Protecting

Series: Restoring Biblical Eldership
Presenter: Alexander Strauch

There are four major roles of elders. This video addresses the first two – teaching the flock and protecting the flock. Part 8 of 9.



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Remember It

1. What three OT passages does the speaker mention regarding the elders’ job to feed the sheep?
Hosea 4:6; Ezekiel 34:2; Jeremiah 3:15.
2. What three things does the church need to be protected from?
False teachers (from outside the congregation and within), internal fighting, and from sin.

Discuss It

  1. The speaker talks about preparing future elders and teachers for our churches (1 Tim. 2:2). What is your church doing to train young men to be elders and teachers? If your church isn’t doing anything, what are some simple ways to get such a program started?
  2. Why is it so important to instruct the flock of God in the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27)? How does this tie into the second job of an elder, to protect the flock?

Apply It

  1. Interview two or more elders of your church about a time when they had to address a serious doctrinal issue. What steps did they take in dealing with it? What was the congregation's response? Was the issue fully dealt with and resolved?
  2. Are there any issues in your church right now that require specific teaching? Are there any issues that require protecting the people from? What steps can be taken to address those things?