A. Anytime you are learning from the word of God you are learning something that is somehow beneficial for you (II Timothy 3:14-17).
- Every word of God is beneficial to us (Luke 4:4).
- God’s word is a book of enlightenment (Psalms 119:129-130).
- Qualified elders would oversee us, spiritually feed us, and lead us by being godly examples (I Peter 5:1-3).
- They would be watchman for our souls (Hebrews 13:17).
II. Body: Let’s Consider How Learning About The Qualifications/Work of Elders Is Beneficial To Us On Many Levels (Proverbs 1:5; 9:9).
A. Most of the qualifications for elders apply to all Christians (I Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9).
- Doesn’t “good work” apply to us all (Ephesians 2:10)?
- Doesn’t being blameless apply to us all (Philippians 2:14-16)?
- Doesn’t some teaching ability apply to us all (Hebrews 5:12-14)?
- Doesn’t temperance apply to us all (I Corinthians 9:24-27)?
- Doesn’t holiness apply to us all (I Peter 1:13-16)?
- Doesn’t the subject matter of hospitality apply to us all (I Peter 4:9)?
- Doesn’t avoidance of alcoholic beverages apply to us all (Proverbs 20:1; 23:29-35 and I Thessalonians 5:7-8)?
- …And on we could go, but you should see the point!
- Elders, even when appointed by the Holy Spirit, aren’t always a “sure thing” (Acts 20:28-31).
- Following the wrong kind of leaders ends in destruction (Isaiah 3:12).
- If we are ignorant we will be easy prey (Proverbs 22:3, Hosea 4:1-11, II Timothy 3:1-7, and II Peter 3:17).
- It is my work to teach and protect against error (II Timothy 4:1-5), but I will not live forever.
- Look at how Jesus thought about the future (John 21:15-17).
III. Conclusion: Next month, we will begin a study about elders. Don’t wait until then to start thinking about how you might be, help others become, or aid the upbringing of our future leaders (Psalms 78:3-8).