Spiritual Gifts part 353. The office of elder.

Phi 1:1; Eph 4:11-13; 1Ti 3:1-7; Tit 1:5-9; Act 20:17,28; 1Ti 5:17; 1Th 5:12-13; 1Pe 5:1-5.

ROMANS-471-130106 - length: 65:35 - taught on Jan, 6 2013

Class Outline:

John Farley
January 6, 2013

Spiritual Gifts Part 353:

The office of elder

The Doctrine of Spiritual Gifts

Point 1.
Setting the scene for Paul’s teaching on the Spiritual Gifts.

Point 2.
The Giver of the Gifts: The Person and Work of God the Holy Spirit

Point 3.
What is a “Spiritual Gift”?

Similar but different: things sometimes confused with spiritual gifts

Offices in the church

pastor or elder in a church
spiritual gift of Pastor-Teacher

Office of deacon
spiritual gift of helps or administration

The Biblical offices of the local churches include the Lord Jesus Christ as the head, the elders or pastors, the deacons, and the priests.

There is a difference between the office of elder/overseer/pastor and the spiritual gift of Pastor-Teacher.

Pastor-Teachers equip the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ.

Here in Titus 1 we also learn that the office of elder and the office of overseer are the same office. By the way, that is also taught in ACT 20:17; ACT 20:28.

to tend as a shepherd of;
to lead, with the implication of providing for.
to feed, to tend a flock, keep sheep;
to rule, govern.

It is derived from the root word
poimen …
which is the Greek word for ‘pastors’ in EPH 4:11.


LORD’s Supper
Lighthouse Bible Church
Sunday, January 6, 2012

The Cross is God’s instrument to bring Hope into the lives of the hopeless.
It is the hope of eternal life; TIT 3:7

Our hope is  a Person, a person we are waiting for with great anticipation; 1TI 1:1; COL 1:27.

Nowhere is this hope declared with more clarity to be on the basis of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ than in Romans 5.

Romans is the epistle of Hope. It is about the God of Hope, ROM 15:13.

Yet Romans begins by announcing that to be human is to begin in a desperately hopeless situation.

Our hopeless and helpless condition sets the stage for God’s tremendous solution.

The gospel in the book of Romans takes us right into the eternity of the very Son of God; ROM 8:29-32!

God always knew that He would glorify His Son in this matter of the human race, regardless of any twists or turns the history of that race would take, ROM 1:1-6.

The word of the cross is the rock solid anchor of our hope!

The incarnation and the cross, and the resurrection, ascension, and session, these are the carrying out of things that have been settled in the mind of God since the days of eternity.

The cross is the grounds for our faith to respond to God’s great invitation to enter into His hope. Then our hope becomes the anchor of the soul, secured upon the Rock of Christ.

We make everything of the situation in ourselves which is so hopeless; God makes everything of His Son to meet our hopelessness. (Sparks)