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Questions on Elders
(Provide scriptures with answers)

1. What are the qualifications of an elder?

2. Will elders be accountable for the flock?

3.   Would a 25 year-old man be a qualified elder?           Why or why not?             

4.    Could a woman be an elder?                       Why or why not?

5. What is a bishop?

6. Should an elder lead by example?

7. Do elders have the right to change scripture?

8. What did Paul instruct the Ephesian elders to do?

9.     Is the congregation subject to the authority to elders?               What if they are biblically wrong?

9. How should an elder that is wrong be approached?

Thought question:

What qualifications do you think are most overlooked in elders today?

The qualifications of elders is a very important study. We need to be concerned with the need for good, qualified elders to lead our flocks. Yet, a large problem is the placement of unqualified men doing the job. Members must realize that elders have the oversight of them Hebrews 13:7.

  • What are the qualifications of Elders?

"Elder" Strong's Number: 4245 Transliterated: presbuteros an adjective, the comparative degree of presbus, "an old man, an elder". The first qualification would be age!

Underlined and bolded indicates a qualification not mentioned in the other text.

Titus 1:5-9

5. For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:

6. If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.

7. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;

8. But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;

9. Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

I Timothy 3:1-7

1. This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

2. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

3. Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

4. One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

5. (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

6. Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

7. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

  • Qualifications most overlooked

Apt to teach - Faithful children - Good ruler of his own house - patient - mostly desire!

Some elders also do not understand that they will answer for their rulings Hebrews 13:17

  • What are elders to do?
Acts 20:28 protect and feed

I Peter 5:1-4 Lead by example

  • Conclusion:
Once a congregation has placed a scriptural eldership they are subject to those elders. We must also remember that elders can fall. We should not believe accusations against an elder unless it is witnessed I Timothy 5:19. We need to be training men to be able to serve the Lord in this capacity.

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