…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 2016-2017 Home Visit season is found in Paul’s letter to the Colossians:
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. — Colossians 2:6-7 (ESV)
A sermon on this theme was preached on the morning of September 18, 2015.