- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Bible Questions and answers about the Church
- Published on Thursday, 19 November 2009 11:33
Answering this may be repetitious, but necessary. While a meeting of overseers an assembly meeting (Acts 20:1 15:6), the elders do not act on behalf of the assembly. The "church of the living God," not the elder is the House of God (1 Timothy 3:15). The elders are the leaders (Romans 12:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:12; 1 Timothy 5:17; "rule means "lead," W. E. Vine) are guides (Hebrews 13:7,17,24, AV mg.). As men of maturity in devine truth, they lead the assembly in carrying out the Word of God. They are responsible to know the relevant facts of the case; for the good of others, they may be wise not to share some of what they know. They do not come to spiritual decision through popular consent, but, by the character and evident fairness and the fear of God, they bring the assembly to a scriptural consensus. The assembly follows their scriptural guidance and administers for God. Oversee have the weighty responsibility of knowing God's Word and ways and of then guiding the assembly to act for God. This is not guesswork. Overseers need and deserve the prayerful support fellow-believers.