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Oct 14, 2012 | Wayne Holcomb

Restoring Biblical Eldership

Sermon Scripture:

1 Timothy 5:17-21

English Standard Version (ESV)

17 Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.” 19 Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 20 As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. 21 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality.

Sermon Outline:

I. Honoring Elders

  A. Confer Honor on Whom Honor is Due

    1. Distinction in Service (Rule Well)

    2. Diligence in Study (Labor in Preaching)

  B. Compensate the Laborer for Work on Your Behalf

    1. Don't Be Penny Wise and Dollar Dumb (O.T.)

    2. Don't Deny That Which is Deserved (N.T.)

II. Protecting Elders

  A. Refuse to Listen to Gossip

  B. Research the Evidence

  C. Review all Testimonies

III. Rebuking Elders

  A. Refusal to Repent Needs to be Publically Exposed

  B. Rest of Church Needs to Fear Sinning Against God

  C. Rules of Discipline Need to be Applied to Everyone

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