Bishops and Deacons Philippians 1:1-2 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
The only two scriptural offices in the church are the bishops and deacons. The bishop is the overseer.
- Acts 1:20
- Phil 1:1
- I Tim 3:1,2, qualified
- Titus 1:7, qualified
- I Pet 2:25, comes from Jesus
There is not an ecclesiastical hierarchy. The bishop is also called elder:
- Elders can be older gentlemen in the church, Gen 10:21, I Tim 5:1-2
- Or a ruling body in a synagogue to represent the people, Matt 26:3
- May rely upon elder men for counsel, but not an elder board!
- the Bishops are Pastors, Acts 14:23; 20:17; 20:28; I Pet 5:1, who feed the flock
- Minister Word – feed, Acts 20:28
- Protect, Acts 20:29-30
- Pray, Acts 6:4
- Servant, heart like Jesus
- But today, administrator
- Run though the dirt
- Phil 1:1
- I Tim 3:8-13
- Came about in Acts 6:1 to help in ministry, they were not a deacon board
- A board is corporate, need for certain things but not accountability
Many pastors have messed up with money and sex and so other successful men think they have to get on a board to make the pastor accountable to them (CONTROL). This brings trouble, Matt 6:24. Many times the problem is money; they give it and want to control the church by it. It becomes a mess.