- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Bible Questions and answers about the Church
- Published on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 15:11
The repeated expression, "them that have the rule over you" (Hebrews 13:7, 17, 24) is otherwise translated "your leaders" (JND) or "your guides" (AV margin). The assembly, as "house of God" (1 Timothy 3:15), administers for God in receiving to and putting away from the assembly. In these and all spiritual matters, the elders guide the assembly. Their character and understanding of the Scriptures give the believers confidence that their guidance is godly and scriptural. As leaders, they need a basis for informed decisions (Proverbs 25:2b) founded on the Word of God. By kind, personal conversations with new believers or with visitors who have been attending assembly meetings, they become acquainted with the spiritual qualities of these believers. These matters are confirmed by a united meeting of "the oversight" (1 Timothy 4:14, "presbytery"). Such men are not dictators ("lords," I Peter 5:3), but they guide by counsel (Thayer). Especially at critical times, they inform the assembly of at least some of the facts and truths on which their decisions are based.