…if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. — Titus 1:6-9 (ESV)
Our elders have a big responsibility from the Lord to serve His congregation. The many different tasks of the elders come under the following three descriptions in their mandate.
First, the elders act as overseers over the local congregation. They are assigned a ward within the congregation and are responsible for the members in their charge. They serve their ward by offering comfort, instruction, and if necessary admonition. Second, they have the task to see to it that church governance and life is run in a biblical manner. Thirdly, they assist the teaching elder (the Pastor) with biblical counsel to see to it that in every respect the congregation is edified by the good news of the gospel!
Home Visit Theme
The theme for the 2017-2018 Home Visit season is found in Peter’s second letter:
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. — 2 Peter 1:3-4 (ESV)
A sermon on this theme was preached on the morning of September 17, 2017.