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The Desire to Serve

Monday, October 29, 2018

The Desire to Serve as Elder:

One of the qualifications which need to be examined is the DESIRE the person has to be an Elder in the church. Has the person grown in his capabilities to lead the body of christ? Has he made the effort in his own life? The  greek word is defined below:

— 1 Tim 3:1-15 (NASB) 3:1 b Acts 20:28; Phil 1:1 - ASPIRES, {OREGATI}, - DESIRES — {EPITHUMEO} -- [3977] ὀρέγω oregō - to extend, to stretch out; {mid} to stretch one's self out, to reach forward to,   to desire earnestly, to long after, 1 Tim. 3:1; Heb. 11:16; by impl. to indulge in, be devoted to, 1 Tim. 6:10* [3713]  --- [2121] ἐπιθυμέω epithumeō 16x with the gen. or acc., to set the heart upon; to desire, long for, have earnest desire, Mt. 13:17; Lk. 15:16; to lust after, Mt. 5:28; spc. to covet, Rom. 13:9 [1937] See covet; desire; lust.

     One gets the idea that the man wants the job and seek after it with desire. This brings up a thought of how much does he want it and for what purpose. If one desires it to do God’s work to glorify God then he is qualified. If he does it to control the church, to bring glory to himself then he is not qualified. Note Peters words to the christian of northern Asia (Turkey), — ( 1 Peter 5:1-3) “ shepherd the flock, .. exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to God, and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; no yet as lording it over those allowed to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock. see  (2 Corinthians 1:24 ).

       John give us an example of one who had the wrong idea about serving as an elder:  3 John v9,10  “I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept what we say. 10 For this reason, if I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with wicked words; and not satisfied with this, he himself does not receive the brethren, either, and he forbids those who desire to do so and puts them out of the church. Note John's words "Who Loves to BE First" -- Compare this to Pauls words in  Colossian 1:18.  Who is to have First Place in the church? -- 

The 'WORK' of the Elder

Friday, October 19, 2018

We have often looked at the qualifications of the office of an Elder. Less or seldom have we taken a look at the work they are to do. The accounts of their qualifications are found in Titus 1:5 -16, and 1st Timothy 3:1-10. These passages includes to some degree their work also. More is scattered through-out the epistles. But lets look at some of their work!

Note that 1 timothy 3:1 states “if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do”.

So the one who fills the “office” of overseer has “a fine work to do”. The greek word is {kalos}.

Mounce defines this word this way [“(MED) beautiful; good, of good quality or disposition; fertile, rich, Mt. 13:8, 23; useful, profitable, Lk. 14:34; καλόν ἐστι(ν), it is profitable, it is well, Mt. 18:8, 9; excellent, choice, select, goodly, Mt. 7:17, 19; καλόν ἐστι(ν), it is pleasant, delightful, Mt. 17:4; just, full measure, Lk. 6:38; honorable, distinguished, Jas. 2:7; good, possessing moral excellence, worthy, upright, virtuous, Jn. 10:11, 14; 1 Tim. 4:6; τὸ καλόν, and τὸ καλόν ἔργον, what is good and right, a good deed, rectitude, virtue, Mt. 5:16; Rom. 7:18, 21; right, duty, propriety, Mt. 15:26; benefit, favor, Jn. 10:32, 33.]

          One could conclude that if the work is defined as Mounce does then the men who fill this office should be of like quality. And this seems to be the point of all these qualifications that the apostle lists in these verses. They can be broken down into character traits of the man in his relationship to others, to his family, & to God. These traits would then show what kind of overseer he would be to the church. 

Next we will look at some scriptures that speak to the ‘work he is to do.’

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