The Work of an Elder 2

Restoring Pastoral Eldership Curriculum
Chuck Gianotti
This is part 2 of 4 of the topic The Work of an Elder in the series Restoring Pastoral Eldership


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.

Discuss It
1. Explain how protecting the church is a good corollary to feeding the church.
Discuss It
2. It seems rare to find churches that are 50-60 years old remain faithful to the Word. What are the subtle and not-so-subtle errors that have the potential to eventually turn churches away from the truth?
Discuss It
3. Explain the concept of safety zone and how that can be applied at your church.
Apply It
Talk to your leaders about a particular instance where your church was able to successfully protect itself from infighting. How did the eldership handle the situation?