First Among Equals 1

Series: First Among Equals
Presenter: Alexander Strauch

First in a series explaining the concept of “first among equals,” the speaker focuses on Paul’s command to churches to honor those elders who lead well and particularly those who labor in preaching and teaching.

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Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. From the lecture, how would you describe those elders who lead well and deserve double honor?
They serve with distinction and proficiency. They are faithful in their leadership. They are good planners, organizers and motivators. They get things done, and they are effective in their care for people. Most likely, they have the spiritual gift of leadership (Rom. 12:8).
2. All elders are to be able to teach. How are those elders who labor in preaching and teaching different from the rest of the elders who also must be able to teach?
The elders of 1 Timothy 5:17 have the spiritual gift of teaching. They are Holy Spirit-gifted teachers. They love to study, prepare messages, and teach. They make large sacrifices of time to dedicate themselves to the study of the Word of God. They are disciplined students of the Word. When they teach and preach, there is obvious fruit born as a result.
3. Why are the elders who lead well and those who labor diligently at teaching “entitled to” (“rightfully deserving of”) double honor?
The double honor is related to their labor, sacrifice, and diligence. They deserve honor as an elder, but extra honor as one who is especially proficient and effective in their shepherding tasks.

Discuss It

  1. Why are those elders who work hard at preaching and teaching absolutely invaluable to the local church? List as many reasons as you can.
  2. Why do you think Paul uses both the terms “preaching” and “teaching” to describe the activities of those elders who deserve double honor?

Apply It

  1. In Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch, read pages 207-211. Summarize what you read there.