May 7, 2000
Volume 10, Number 19

Things to Expect from our Elders

Today, as we install elders, let us of be mindful of the following characteristics that any church should expect from their elders. [These points are taken and adapted from an excellent article by Mike Hixson in POWER, March 1992.]

Scriptural soundness is a must for every eldership in the Lordís church. There are not many problems in the church today that faithful elders cannot correct! Elders need to adhere to the words of Paul in Titus 1:9, "holding to the faithful word which is according to the teaching, that he may be able both to exhort in the sound doctrine, and to convict the gainsayers."

A second vital characteristic of elders is a keen understanding of the problems facing the church. The church is currently under fireóeven by many of our own brethren. A number of well-known preachers have ceased pleas for distinctive NT Christianity. How can elders protect the sheep if they do not know the wolves? Elders need to heed the warnings of Jesus and Paul (Matthew 7:15-30; Acts 20:28-30). Elders need to uphold the banner of truth and mark those who propagate error (Romans 16:17-18). The mouths of false teachers need to be stopped! This can be accomplished when faithful elders refuse false teachers access to their pulpits.

A third attribute of elders is a strong desire to lead the church forward into the future. Elders must initiate solid Biblical programs and classes to enhance and perpetuate spiritual growth (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-2). Elders need to purpose and plan for church growth, both spiritually and numerically.

Fourthly, as leaders of a local congregation, elders must know the flock. There is no way to over-emphasize this point. Hebrews 13:17 declares, "Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit to them: for they watch in behalf of your souls, as they that shall give account; that they may do this with joy, and not with grief; for this were unprofitable for you." If an eldership faithfully performs their sacred duty, they will know the flock!

A fifth appreciable characteristic among elders is a willingness to serve. Elders and preachers would do well to typify the life of a servant (Mark 10:43-44). Elders need to be men who "roll up their sleeves" and toil and labor for the Master- setting an example for the rest of the congregation.

May God bless us with strong faithful elders who rise to the challenge of serving in such a high office! Let us always lift up the congregation and eldership in our prayers that all things will be done to the glory of God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Ted Wheeler

Guest Speaker

Jackie Stearsman will be speaking for us today. As most of the members are aware, Jackie is the director of the Florida School of Preaching in Lakeland, FL. He has been with us a number of times and regularly fills in one Sunday while I am Ghana.

He is here with his wife, Joyce. They are members of the Orange Street church in Aubburndale, FL. We appreciate their being with us today and especially Jackie's willingness to help whenever it is needed. Be sure to thank them and give them a warm welcome.


A Special Welcome to our Visitors

Please fill out a blue visitor card so that we might have a record of your visit. If needed, there is a nursery available at the rear of the auditorium. Bible classes for all ages are available Sundays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. We hope that you will join us for these studies. Please come and worship with us again soon.

Youth - News & Notes

Weeki Wachee Bible Camp - June 11-17, 2000
See the flyer on the bulletin board.
Applications are in the magazine rack on the table in the foyer.

Bible Bowl 2000 - September 9, 2000

Remember in Prayers:

Ersel Riggenbach - Arlene Carnahan - Leslie Johnson - Bill & Jeanne Sherman

Jerry Bennett - Cathy Jenson - Virginia Law - Viola Morinier



Building Program: If you havenít already done soóbe sure to check the bulletin board in the foyer to see the preliminary drawings from the engineers and the architect.. We will be adding 85 paved parking places and also are looking at making some architectural changes to the building. These would include closing in and widening the front porch to form a new entry into the building and building a covered driveway onto the front of the building. - click here.

Fellowship Meal : We will be having a fellowship meal following our services this morning. Everyone is invited to stay and enjoy this meal and time of fellowship.
Thank You: To everyone who contributed so generously last Lordís Day. In addition to reaching our regular budget ó $ 1,050.55 was contributed into our building fund.
Sunday Adult Bible Class: "Inspiration of the Bible" (10:00 am)

Wednesday Adult Bible Class: "Jeremiah", chapter 11. (6:30 pm)

Sundayís Lessons:

"Importance of Leadership" (Acts 20:28-30)

"Why Families Fail ..." (1 Samuel 1:3)

Do the things that you fear
the death of fear is certain.

Deuteronomy 31:6


Service Opportunities

Time of Services


Wayne Vowell



Press Phillips

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services


11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Kerry Keathley

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


Jim Treece



Jackie Stearsman

Ladies Bible Class:

Will resume in the Fall

Closing Prayer:

Douglas Boateng


Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Carl Rigney


Jim Treece

Our Record - Last Week


Ted Wheeler

Closing Prayer:

Clarence Riggenbach



$ 1550.55
Larry Jenson
Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Charlie White
Jim Dougan
Weekly Average (yr):
$ 1768.32

James Bowman

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