Tag: bishops

  • For Whom Do Elders Have Responsibility? (Should Elders, Pastors and Bishops Have Authority Over a Congregation or a Geographic Area?)

    A key question when discussing the role of elders, pastors and bishops in Jesus’ church is: Which Christians does an elder / pastor / bishop have responsibility for overseeing, shepherding and leading? In other words, biblically speaking, how should we determine which souls an elder is responsible for? … Before continuing, there are 3 prior…

  • The Purpose of Elders, Pastors and Bishops in the Church

    I’ve previously shown from the Scriptures that elders, pastors and bishops referred to the same role in the apostolic church. The terms were interchangeable references to the same individuals. With that defined, and having looked at what the Old Testament and Jesus’ life can teach us about this role, in this post, I explain from the…

  • What Jesus Teaches Us about Shepherds (9 Qualities of Effective Pastors and Elders)

    The Prophets foretold Jesus’ shepherding of His flock, spiritual Israel (the church). Here is an example from Micah: 1 Marshal your troops now, city of troops, for a siege is laid against us.They will strike Israel’s ruler on the cheek with a rod.2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of…

  • Are Pastors, Bishops, and Elders the Same or Different Roles?

    As I continue writing about the various roles Jesus has placed within the church, we turn our attention toward the role of elders. Before we discuss the purpose of elders, there is a very significant question we must answer up front: Are the terms elders, presbyters, bishops, overseers, shepherds and pastors interchangeable in Scripture, or…

  • The Purpose of the Various Roles in the Church (And Why GOD Gave These Roles)

    What roles exist within Jesus’ church? Why did GOD create these specific roles? Before diving into these questions, let me provide some context… This post is a continuation of thoughts regarding the big picture of Christian life and Jesus’ church. If you’re joining in the middle of this journey, I’d encourage you to start here:…

  • December 18 – The Kindness of GOD

    Reading Titus 1:1-3:15 Devotional During his post-house arrest travels, Paul left Titus on the island of Crete for the purpose of correcting problems within the church there and appointing elders in every town. Titus has been a long-time partner with Paul in the kingdom. There is a lot of similarity between Paul’s instructions to Timothy…

  • July 6 – Meaningless Worship

    Reading Isa. 28:1-15; 29:13; 28:16-29; 22:1-14; 29:1-8; 33:1; 29:9-21 Devotional As Isaiah continues to write GOD’s condemnation of the pitiful state of affairs in Israel and the coming spiritual relapse in Judah, we find a very insightful statement in Isa. 29:13: 13 Therefore the Lord said: “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths…