Tag: mission

  • Biblical Principle #119: God Called Moses

    Biblical Principles List Principle God called Moses to deliver Israel from Egyptian slavery. Explanation At the age of 80 (see Exodus 7:7), GOD called Moses to lead Israel out of Egyptian slavery. These events are recorded in Exodus 3-4. GOD appeared to Moses and got his attention through a burning bush that, miraculously, was not…

  • Biblical Principle #118: God Prepares People for His Purpose

    Biblical Principles List Principle God prepares specific people to fulfill His specific purpose. Explanation Throughout the Bible, one common theme is how GOD prepared specific individuals so that they might fulfill specific purposes according to GOD’s will. Moses is one of these individuals. 1 Now a man of the house of Levi went and took…

  • Biblical Principle #68: God Called Abraham

    Biblical Principles List Principle God called Abraham to become the father of the faithful. Explanation At the Tower of Babel, GOD divided Noah’s descendants into nations. GOD placed angels as rulers over each of these nations. But GOD foreknew that these angels would be tempted by Satan and quickly become corrupt. The great chess match…

  • The Role of Deacons in the Church (One of the Most Misunderstood Church Roles)

    One of the most misunderstood and misapplied roles within the church is that of deacons. I’ve been writing about various matters related to the church and Christian life, pointing out the challenge of trying to separate what currently is from what should be. The goal is to properly understand GOD’s intention for Christian life and…

  • 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…

  • What the Old Testament Teaches Us about Shepherds

    We are in the midst of a study of the various roles GOD has placed within the church and we’re currently thinking about elders. As we progress, it’s important to keep in mind what we have already established: the overall purpose of the church is to help transform individuals be into the image of Jesus,…

  • 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 Role of Evangelists in the Church (And Why It’s Different Than Modern Pulpit Preachers)

    Everybody knows what an evangelist is, right? Right?!? What would you say if I told you that today’s preacher role is quite different than that of a first-century Christian evangelist? Let me show you why this is the case and why it matters. Check it out ⬇️… (If you’ve missed past posts in this series,…