The Book - Page 69

A Study of the Madison Church of Christ Elders and Their Actions

Before this study can begin, certain criterion must be set to see if our determinations are based upon judgment or simply statements of facts and comparison to Scripture/the Word of God.

There are two areas that Elders must be concerned with in leading the congregation: (1) Spiritual Matters of Faith and (2) Physical Matters of this Earth.

Spiritual Matters of Faith - These are matters that are not open for the Elders to vote on. They are simply matters determined by God and also by God thru our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His Apostles. The Word of God is forever settled in heaven. Psalms 119:89. Nothing, not even the smallest iota shall pass from Godís law until all is fulfilled. Matthew 5:18. The Elders are not to add to nor take away from the words written in the book of the Word of God. Revelations 22:18-19. No Elder is to follow the lead of another Elder for any reason. I Corinthians 4:6. These things never change. Hebrews 13: 7-9. Elders teach, lead, and watch over the flock only where the Word of God exists without changing it or voting on it.

Physical Matters of This Earth - These are all other matters such as: when to hold a gospel meeting, how to arrange and where to place the Sunday School classes to best fit the needs of the congregation and the age groups, when to paint and lay carpet as long as no major expenditures are required, who to call to repair the air conditioning, etc. Many of these can and should be delegated to the Deacons. Elders can decide how and where missionaries are to be sent and the details connected with this. How we should help in disaster relief efforts. Elders should find and evaluate who our next minister should be and communicate all facts to the congregation. The Elders should vote on things that support the physical parameters of teaching and leading the flock, the congregation, the Church of Christ at Madison.

The concept of judgment must be understood. Judgment is the capacity to appraise, discriminate, and to compare, and so arrive at a sound evaluation; discernment. It is the assertion of something believed; idea; opinion. So we must not judge anything that will effect anyoneís soul in a way as to cause that person to stumble or to become lost. I Corinthians 10:32, Romans 16:17, & Romans 14:21. Actions of the Elders that cause others to stumble or become lost must be pointed out by admonishing, reproving, and rebuking. Philippians 2:12-15. We can only consider the real facts of the actions of the Elders that are known in to be in contradiction to the Word of God. If they have led the congregation in a way so as to cause someone to stumble or become lost then they are no longer acting in the capacity of an Elder, Shepherd, or an Overseer and they must be evaluated by comparing their actions to Godís Word. Even Elders must submit to Godís will. Deuteronomy 7:9.

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