Tag: roles

  • 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,…

  • How to be an Effective Church Teacher (Top 10 Tips)

    What makes for a good church teacher? In the post entitled “The Role of Teachers in the Church,” we observed that teachers play a very important role within the church because they help others grow in their knowledge of and relationship with GOD. I also noted that the Scripture warns that not many should become…

  • The Role of Teachers in the Church

    In the post entitled “The Purpose of the Various Roles in the Church,” I listed the roles pertaining to the church which are mentioned in Scripture. We’re in the process of looking at each of these roles in light of GOD’s overall purpose of the church, which is to help individuals be transformed into the…

  • The Role of Prophets in the Church (Why GOD Put Prophets in the Church)

    We’re reexamining the roles that GOD placed within His church. You can catch up on the previous posts starting here. In this post we look at what the Bible says about prophets in the church. The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians: 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is…

  • The Role of Apostles in the Church

    Whenever we study the roles in the church, it makes sense to begin with the apostles, because that’s where Jesus began. Paul wrote the following to the Corinthian Christians: 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second…

  • 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:…

  • Christian Fundamentals Series – Lesson 4 Questions

    Answer the following questions with Scripture. (Download a PDF version of these questions here.) Church Organization 1. What roles did Jesus establish within the church?   2. Why did Jesus setup these roles?   3. Are shepherds, pastors, bishops, presbyters, overseers, and elders the same or different roles?   4. What can we learn about…

  • Church Notes: Father’s Day 2012—Jesus’ References to God the Father

    These are my notes for our church meeting on 6/17/2012. Leader: Russ Farmer Assignment Think of verses where Jesus referred to God as his Father…how did he speak of God?  Prepare to share the verses and comment on what we should learn from these.