What is Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch ~Video
This video is a short explanation of what is Biblical Eldership. Its purpose to paint a broad stroke picture of Eldership and what the Bible teaches on this very important matter. source
“The New Testament reveals that the pastoral oversight of many of the first churches was committed to a plurality of elders.”
“The opposite of collective leadership is unitary leadership, monarchical rule, or one-man leadership.”
Bu I have not read the book. Do also your own research!)
“We must understand that the local church isn’t a country club or a casual self-help group. It is God’s holy temple, a congregation of redeemed saints and priests who are consecrated to God. It is God’s lighthouse in a dark world. It is “the pillar and support of the truth.”
― Alexander Strauch,
― Alexander Strauch,
“Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness; let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head; let my head not refuse it” (Ps. 141:5). If there is a religion that unapologetically emphasizes human fallenness, sin, moral corruption, self-deceit, greed, pride, and perverse selfishness, it is safe to say that it is the religion of the Bible.
Because of our foundational beliefs in the reality of sin, Satan, and human depravity, we should understand well why people in positions of authority are easily corrupted. In fact, the more thoroughly we understand the biblical doctrine of sin, the stronger our commitment will be to genuine leadership accountability.
BIBLICAL ELDERSHIP: SHARED LEADERSHIP
God has provided for his church and its leaders a formal structure for genuine accountability, the collective leadership of a biblical eldership. Not only is this concept scriptural, it is psychologically and spiritually healthy for leaders.
One of the most difficult things a church ever does is to discipline an elder. It is difficult enough to bring biblical discipline to church members, but it is even more difficult when elders are the ones in need of correction. There are so many conflicts and questions that are raised when an elder is caught in sin. When this happens, the church is in a very vulnerable situation. They are immediately subject to partiality, divisions, and even biting and devouring one another. Alexander Strauch has given me permission to post this from his book, Biblical Eldership. The quotation below is from chapter nine, following this citation is a link to the whole chapter.
A study of the New Testament reveals that all Christians are priests. Peter said, "...You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." (1 Pet. 2:5). Thus, all Christians are of that holy priesthood and can offer spiritual sacrifices to God. All have the right to go directly to God through Jesus Christ, our High Priest (Heb. 4:14-16).
I think that Alexander Strauch´s teachings and books are promoted by "the Emerging Churches".
Therefore I want to strongly emphasize that I am NOT promoting the Emerging Church Movement´s ecumenical ideas (the One World Religion!) as they are not from God but from Satan.
But I believe that God very much wants to restore his Church after his pattern - a biblical pattern.
The Churches have long enough been patterned after men´s opinion instead of God´s opinion!
Today many true Christians walk the Christian walk all by themselves but that is not God´s perfect will.
The false bretheren are many and we have to have fellowship with true believers with the help of a true leadership to be able to stand our ground in this evil satanic ruled world.
[The elders are men: "If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly." (Tit. 1:6)
"As for My people, children are their oppressors, And women rule over them. O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, And destroy the way of your paths." (Isa. 3:12)]
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