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16
Oct

What Words are NOT Used for Elders or Their Authority?

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BEFORE WE CAN understand the authority of elders we must first examine what it is not.

The point of the following word list is to show that there are many Greek words in the New Testament that describe authoritarian leaders and none of these words are used for elders.

This is significant, and should lead the Bible students to recognize that kingdom authority is different.

  • Archon (Ruler) –  This Greek word can refer to a ruler, lord or prince.  Jesus used this word to refer to the rulers of the Gentiles (cf. Mat. 20:25).

 

  • Despotes (Master) – This is the Greek word from which we ge despot, which refers to a ruler with absolute power or authority.  In the New Testament, the word is used  with reference to the slave-master relationship (cf. 1 Tim. 6:1)

 

  • Dynamis (Power) – This is a word which means power, might or force (the English word dynamite comes from this Greek word).  Power is attributed to God (Rom. 1:16), the Holy Spirit (Rom. 15:13, 19), and Jesus (Rom. 1:4), but not to elders.

 

  • Dynastes (Ruler) – A ruler or court official was often called a dynastes in Greek.  It is used to describe the position of the Ethiopian (Acts 8:27) and other officials (Luke 1:52).

 

  • Exousia (Authority) – This word refers to the power of authority.  Jesus was often asked by what authority he did things (Mat. 21:23).  It is used of the power of rulers and officials and the power of office (Luke 19:17).

 

  • Hyperoche (Superiority) – This word may refer to a superior person or one who holds a superior position.  It often refers to a high position of authority (1 Tim. 2:1-2).

 

  • Katakurieuo (Domineer) – This verb means to exercise authority over another person.  Leaders in the Lord’s church are forbidden to do this (Mat. 20:25-26).

 

From Elders & Deacons – A Biblical Study of Church Leadership by J.B. Myers, edited for space–mb, 134-135.

15
Oct

WHERE is Salvation? #3

cotton_rope_bright_red.800THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT the following question please.

Is there ever a time—in all of the Bible—when God confined salvation—to just ONE location?

Let’s explore this together with an open mind and open Bible (cf. Acts 17:11).

Please read the following chapters and then answer the questions listed below—Joshua 2, 6-7:

  • WHAT did Rahab the harlot say that knew the LORD was going to do to Jericho? 2:9-11

 

  • WHAT request did Rahab make of the two spies she had hidden on the roof? 2:12-13

 

  • WHAT did Rahab have to do in order to assure the salvation of her family? 2:17-18

 

  • WHAT would happen if Rahab and any of her family left the safety of her house? 2:19-21

 

  • WHAT had to be hung in the window of her house to assure the salvation of Rahab and her household? 2:18, 21

 

  • WHO won the battle of Jericho? 6:2; 7:17, 22-23, 25

 

  • WHO exactly was spared in the attack upon Jericho? 7:17, 21

 

  • WHAT IF a member of Rahab’s family had watched her as she hung the scarlet cord in the window and asked, “Rahab, do you think we are the only ones who are going to be saved (or spared) in Jericho?” WHAT would/could Rahab have said?

 

 

  • WOULD it have been arrogant for Rahab to tell her family member that salvation was confined to just one place (i.e., inside her house where the scarlet cord had been tied)? Would it have been wrong or unloving for Rahab to say that “salvation was found only in this this house?”  (Explain your answer).

 

 

  • If it had been neither arrogant, wrong, nor unloving, for Rahab to tell a loved one that salvation was confined to just one place (i.e., the house), would it be arrogant, wrong, or unloving for a Christian to say that “God tells us through His Word that salvation is found only in one place (i.e., the church) today? 1 Tim. 3:15; Mat. 16:13-18; Acts 2:47; 20:28; Eph. 1:22-23; 4:4; Col. 1:18
9
Oct

We Men, Ain’t We?

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IN A TIME of crumbling traditions and values, in a day of dangerous streets and collapsing homes, people long for stability and hope.

They need to catch a glimpse of the powerful High Kings who loves them.  And the King wants His knight-companions at His side.

In the movie Glory, one scene portrays a Union regiment of freed slaves, the 54th Massachusetts, sitting around a campfire on the night before the big battle.

The fire crackles, the cicadas chirp, and several of the men hum a spiritual in union as they clean their rifles.  They know that on the morrow their lives will be on the line, and they must seize the day.

One soldier looks up from the fire at his fellows, willing them to give him eye contact.

He says, “We men, ain’t we?”

That says it all, doesn’t it?

We’re men.

Men.

We’ll face the danger.

We’ll take the risks.

We’ll absorb the pain.

We’ll square our shoulders and–for the sake of heaven–we’ll look death and hell square in the eyes.

And it will be this generation that gets it done.

You and me.

To paraphrase Churchill, when masculinity has endured a thousand more years, may they say that this day was among its finest hours.

Listen to the apostle’s battle cry: “The night is almost gone, and the day is at hand.  Let us therefore lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:12).

Stu Weber, All The King’s Men, “Rusty Knights in a Hostile Land,” 52

8
Oct

WHERE is Salvation? #2

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THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT the following question please.

Is there ever a time—in all of the Bible—when God confined salvation—to just ONE location?

Let’s explore this together with an open mind and open Bible (cf. Acts 17:11).

Please read the following chapter and then answer the questions listed below—Exodus 12:

  • WHAT was God going to do to the land of Egypt? v. 12

 

  • WHERE exactly were the children of Israel to be on the night of the first Passover? v. 22

 

  • HOW were the children of Israel to prepare for the Passover? vv. 3-11

 

  • WHERE exactly was salvation found on this first Passover? vv. 22-23

 

  • WHAT would happen to anyone who left their house on the night of the first Passover? vv. 22

 

  • WHO died/perished on the night of the first Passover? vv. 29-30

 

  • WHAT did God do when He saw the lamb’s blood on the door posts and lintel of each house? vv. 11, 13, 23

 

  • WHAT IF an Egyptian had watched Moses and the Israelites as they placed lamb’s blood on their door posts and lintels and this individual asked, “Moses, do you think you and the rest of the Israelites are the only ones who are going to be saved (or spared) in Egypt tonight?” WHAT would/could Moses have said?

 

  • WOULD it have been arrogant for Moses to tell the Egyptian that salvation was confined to just one place (i.e., inside the house)? Would it have been wrong or unloving for Moses to tell the Egyptian that “God told me that salvation was found only in the house?”  (Explain your answer).

 

  • If it was neither arrogant, wrong, nor unloving, for Moses to tell an Egyptian that salvation was confined to just one place (i.e., the house) back at the first Passover, would it be arrogant, wrong, or unloving for a Christian to say that “God tells us through His Word that salvation is found only in one place (i.e., the church) today? 1 Tim. 3:15; Mat. 16:13-18; Acts 2:47; 20:28; Eph. 1:22-23; 4:4; Col. 1:18
4
Oct

Isaiah 5:20

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3
Oct

2 Cor. 4:17-18

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17 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”  2 Cor. 4:17-18

3
Oct

What is the Essence of Sin?

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ASK THE QUESTION, What is the essence of sin?

At the very heart of sin is self.

Sin is “me” versus “you”  or “you” versus “me” or “we” versus “them,” and so forth.

David had sinned against Bathsheba, her husband, his family, and the nation, but above all others he had sinned against God.

But perhaps you are saying to yourself, “I was under the impression that unbelief was the essence of sin.”

What is unbelief but self versus God?

God speaks, and in unbelief you do not obey.

God ordains, and in unbelief you protest.

God loves, and in unbelief you insist that no one loves you.

Self is more important to the unbeliever than God.

The unbeliever would sooner trust himself than the God who created him.

All sin is against somebody.

Sins are often against more than one but never less than one.

Without any exception, all sin is against God, and in most instances of sin there is at least one person who is sinned against.

Perhaps you wish to dispute this point.

You acknowledge that there are sins which are obviously against others, like David’s sins of adultery and murder.

But you can think of sins which are purely private and personal, sins like secret thoughts of greed, lust, and hostility.

Maybe you argue, “No one is hurt by my private thoughts.

I admit that I have these secret thoughts and perhaps they are sinful, but thy don’t affect anyone else.

Nobody knows about them.”

But I ask, “Are you a wife and a mother?”

“Well, yes, I am both.”

“Don’t try to convince me that those secret sins are against nobody.  They are against your husband and your children.”

You say, “No, no, no, they are not the type where I do something; it is just that I think things that are wrong.”

Oh yes, but in thinking things that are wrong, you rob yourself of being the person that God has called you to be, and therefore you rob your children of a godly mother and your husband of a godly wife.

So you have sinned against your husband and against your children even in your secret imagination.

Are you a husband, a father, a brother, a sister, a son, a daughter, an uncle, an aunt?

Whatever your relationship with others, it is damaged by your secret sins.

If you will get down on your knees before God and pray this through, you will see that it is nonsense to think of sin as purely personal.  Guest Editorialist:  Richard Owen Roberts, Repentance – The First Word of the Gospel, 128-129

Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19).

“God loves you and I love you and that’s the way it’s gonna be!”–Mike
2
Oct

How Do We Lead?

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“YOU AND I do not naturally submit to anyone or anything.

Insist that I be your slave, and you have a civil-rights case on your hands!

American history illustrates what happens when one human enslaves another.

We resist submission to another person with every fiber of our cholesterol-free lifestyles.

In a culture where the individual has reached godlike status, submitting to anyone or anything outside ourselves is beyond reason.

Self-interest soars high above service in our hierarchy of interests.

These attitudes are part of our cultural thinking.

They are also the very feelings that prevent us from knowing the freedom that comes from giving ourselves to Christ.

Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mat. 16:24).

Denying–not embracing–self is the first step to becoming a servant leader.

If you desire to lead as Jesus led, you must desire first to follow Jesus; this is how leadership training among God’s people begins.”  C. Gene Wilkes, Jesus on Leadership, “How Do We Lead by Serving?”, 23

1
Oct

WHERE is Salvation? #1

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THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT the following question please:

Is there ever a time—in all of the Bible—when God restricted salvation—to just ONE location?

Let’s explore this together with an open mind and open Bible (cf. Acts 17:11).

Please read the following texts and then answer the questions listed below.

READ Genesis chapters 6-7:

  • WHAT did God promise He was going to do to the earth? 6:7, 13, 17

 

  • WHY did God say He was going to do this? 6:5, 11-13

 

  • WHAT did God tell Noah to do? (Be specific).  6:14-22

 

  • WHY was the ark even necessary in the first place? 6:17; 7:7

 

  • WHERE did God command Noah and his family to go? 7:1, 7

 

  • WHAT happened to all human life that was not in the ark? 7:21-23; 2 Pet. 2:5; 3:5-6

 

  • WHAT happened to all human life that was in the ark? 7:23; 1 Pet. 3:20; cf. Eph. 1:3

 

  • WHAT IF someone had watched the aged patriarch (7:6) and his family as they constructed the ark and this individual had asked, “Noah, do you think you and your family are the only ones who are going to be saved on the earth?”, WHAT would/could Noah have said?

 

  • WOULD it have been arrogant for Noah to tell his neighbor that salvation was restricted to just one place (i.e., inside the ark–2 Pet. 2:5)? Would it have been wrong or unloving for Noah to tell his neighbor that “God told me that salvation was found only in the ark?”  (Explain your answer).

 

  • If it was neither arrogant, wrong, nor unloving, for Noah to tell a neighbor that salvation was restricted to just one place (i.e., the ark) back before the Flood, would it be arrogant, wrong, or unloving for a Christian to say that “God tells us through His Word that salvation is found only in one place (i.e., the church) today? 1 Tim. 3:15; Mat. 16:13-18; Acts 2:47; Eph. 1:22-23; 4:4; Col. 1:18

 

 

27
Sep

Mark 10:45

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JESUS’ ENTIRE MISSION was about service to his Father in heaven, service to his mission, service to his followers, and, ultimately, service to those he came to save.  (C. Gene Wilkes, Jesus on Leadership, 110).

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).