Feature baptism in public services. Baptism in the New Testament is a public profession of faith in Christ. So churches should celebrate the ordinance of baptism in their public services.
Since deacons function like elders in many churches, the relationship between them can get
confused. But we can see how they should relate to one another by again considering their
distinct biblical responsibilities:
While the titles “elder” and “deacon” are not essential to the church’s ministry, there are several
good reasons why churches should use these biblical titles:
In 1 Timothy 3:8-12 Paul lays out the qualifications for a deacon:
According to the New Testament, deacons are to provide material and logistical support to the
Clear, then firm. The clearer a matter is in Scripture, the firmer you hold your ground when disagreement arises. If the argument is over the deity of Christ, the Trinity, the inerrancy of Scripture, justification by faith alone, or any other crucial doctrine, hold your ground no matter what anyone says.
Less clear, then cautious. On the other hand, recognize that you may have convictions about certain things that are less clear in Scripture and less central to the Christian faith. Tread more lightly in these areas.
Pray. Satan loves to divide. If he can divide a church’s leaders he gets a foothold from which to divide the church. So beg God to bring unity and peace.
Pursue the brother in order to build your relationship. Irritation often arises out of ignorance. Work to get to know the brother and remember that you don’t have all the facts.
Pray. Ask God for a humble heart.
Study and meditate on the relevant passages (1 Tim. 3:4-5; Tit. 1:6).
Seek instruction from your fellow elders.
Confess your sin and be transparent with your fellow elders. Don’t hold things back— remember that God already knows your sin and will forgive you because Jesus Christ is the propitiation for your sins (1 John 2:1-2).
Receive critical evaluation and consider it together with your wife.
Once a child is independent of his parents, he’s outside his parents’ authority as it relates to Paul’s remarks in Titus. When a kid is on his own, he’s on his own. No amount of good parenting can guarantee that someone will profess Christ and live accordingly once the child has grown and left the home.
In general, a church should not affirm any man as an elder who does not meet the biblical
qualifications laid out in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9. Here are several warning flags which
a church should heed:
A man may appear to meet the biblical qualifications yet still be an unwise selection as an elder
for a number of reasons:
The most important thing to look for in a potential elder is whether or not he meets the biblical
A biblical elder is not simply an older male. Life experience alone is no guarantee that a man meets the biblical qualifications for an elder (1 Tim. 3:1-7, Tit. 1:6-9).