- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Bible Questions and answers about the Church
- Published on Thursday, 19 November 2009 11:16
The Lord decides (Acts 20:28), but the oversight guides (Hebrews 13:7, AV margin). No man decides this for himself, yet he must be sure in God's presence that this is God's will for him.
The oversight (1 Timothy 4:14, a single unit, "presbytery") is not a secret society nor does it make independent decisions. Its responsibility is to determine God's will through His Word and to lead the assembly in fulfilling it. Overseers guide the assembly in recognizing men whom God has called and to whom He has entrusted the care of His people in that assembly. The man demonstrates the characteristics given in the Scriptures (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:6-9). His activities and the course of his life express a care for fellow-believers and for the truth of God.
Overseers continually watch for evidence of this work of God, not limiting their search because the number of overseers is sufficient and not rushing it because the number of overseers is depleted. They allow God to do His work on His schedule.