II. Protect the Church from F__________ T______________
A. From the first need that is to teach the word of God, comes the necessity of protecting the flock from wrong doctrine.
“Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears.” (Acts 20:28–31 NASB)
B. Errors are a constant threat.
1. Acts 20.
2. Titus 1:9-10.
“He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers.” (Titus 1:9-10)
a. This passage a____________ the elders to protect the church.
b. They must d_________ false teachers, note Titus 1:10-13.
c. The survival of the church depends on s____________ savage wolves.
C. Elders must protect church from i__________ f__________ and group factions.
1. Safety zone?
2. Protecting from infighting.
3. Elders must be qualified, spiritually mature.
4. Must observe, confront and protect the flock.