ELDERS, PASTORS, BISHOPS, OVERSEERS, are all terms used to describe the SHEPHERDS of the Lord's church. They are to exist in plurality, and shepherd the Lord's church according to God's word only (Acts 20:32; Titus 1:9 - not making rules, but simply demanding that no other doctrine be taught - 2 John 9). They are to rule by example (1 Peter 5:3), and then to exhort and convict those who contradict (Titus 1:9). They are appointed through the Spirit given qualifications found in - 1Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9.

  Acts 14:23 "So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed."

  Philippians 1:1 "Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons"

  Titus 1:5  "For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you"

  1 Peter 5:1-4 "The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: 2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away." 




EVANGELISTS - "One who speaks well the good news". The Lord appointed these in each body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11). As we study the instruction of the Apostle Paul, as he charged Timothy (an evangelist), we learn about the work expected of these men, note:

  1 Timothy 1:3 "As I urged you when I went into Macedonia—remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine"

  2 Timothy 4:1-5 "I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry."




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