Saturday, September 08, 2007

Pastors and Deacons

Our series of messages on the practice of the local church is coming to a close. We have examined from Scripture what the church is, who the church is, church membership, baptism and the Lord's Supper, church discipline, disciplemaking, and worship. (If you missed these messages, you can listen to them here.) We will close the series by considering church leadership.
Some folks nowadays consider church leadership and organization to be no more important to a church than the color of the carpet. Any form will do, they say, as long as it is done in a way that honors God and accomplishes the purpose of the church. In response, I maintain that in order to honor God with our church leadership and organization, we must take seriously what he has revealed about it. He has given us sufficient and clear revelation in this matter. If we intend to be a church that is fully knowing God and making him known, then we had better put into practice the leadership and organization that he wants us to have, knowing that the way he has revealed it is the way it will bring the most honor to him.

Songs
Come, We That Love the Lord (#223)
All Creatures of Our God and King (#59)
Holy Spirit, Lead Us Now (#198)
The Church's One Foundation (#221)
The Living Stone (#225)
How Sweet and Awful Is the Place (#238)

Scripture Reading
Paul Instructs the Ephesian Elders - Acts 20:17-38

Sermon
Pastors and Deacons - The Organization of the Local Church and Why It Matters
1 Timothy 3:1-13, et al.

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