Church Leadership – Ephesians 4:11–16

Read the Passage: Ephesians 4:11-16

Source and Description (4:11)

As he began to focus upon the uniqueness of individual believers within the unity of the church, at Eph. 4:7 Paul wrote, “But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” This is a similar teaching to Peter’s later exhortation, “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” Continue reading Church Leadership – Ephesians 4:11–16

Church Leadership – 1 Timothy 3

Read the Passage: 1 Timothy 3

Characteristics of Pastors (3:1–7)

Paul wrote this letter to give instructions regarding church order, which included church leadership (cf. 1 Tim. 3:14–15). As Paul had warned the Ephesian elders years earlier (cf. Acts 20:29–31), so false teachers had arisen within the church, likely even ascending to positions of leadership within the church. Continue reading Church Leadership – 1 Timothy 3

Church Life – 1 Peter 5:1-14

Read the Passage: 1 Peter 5:1-14

Church Leaders (5:1–4)

In view of the persecution facing his readers, in this passage Peter gives directions regarding proper church leadership. Peter employs the term “elders” in this passage, which is used interchangeably in the New Testament with the words “pastor” (or shepherd) and “bishop” (or overseer) to describe church leadership (cf. John 21:16; Acts 20:17, 28; Eph. 4:11; 1 Pet. 5:2). Continue reading Church Life – 1 Peter 5:1-14