How to Choose Elders

Text: 1 Timothy 3:1-7,  Titus 1:5-9

We all want to wisely select a spouse, a college, a career, a friend, a business partner, and even a vacation. The same is true for church leaders. Careful selection is important because leaders determine the direction we go. Death of some kind is the consequence of mindlessly following poor leadership. Life of all sorts results from thoughtfully submitting to righteous leadership.

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  1. Thanks for the clarifications. While I disagree with some of the conclusions, it is good to know the source of the views presented as the official view of the church. Pastor David’s emphasis on service is essential, both in the home and the church. “Authority” does not appear to be important in a covenant relationship because influence will certainly overflow through service that is sincere and selfless.
    A minority view published with the 1992 PCA views on divorce and remarriage provides important perspective that should not be ignored by anyone serious about understanding God’s Word. The difficulty with the PCA, classic “protestant” view is that it accommodates, rather than justifies most remarriages.
    Today, with gay marriage and no-fault divorce defining civil marriage, the cultural norm has so far departed from the Biblical that it makes no sense to begin the discussion with civil marriage. But such beginning is implicit in all that has been discussed here and in the relevant sermons. It would be good to teach a biblical definition of marriage without reference to civil marriage. In so doing, it would become more clear how a couple can be “married” in the eyes of the state, but “living in sin” in the eyes of God. Such “previous marriages”, earthly, human, not covenantal, are no more than concubinage or “shacking up” from a Biblical perspective. This unavoidable truth is the logical basis for Catholic annulments. Christians properly catechized should come to understand that such “marriages” are insufficient for a Christian and should either be made whole (through full commitment) or dissolved as fraudulent. In both I Cor. and Nehemiah, believers are called out of unbiblical relationships that included civil or cultural marriages.
    At the same time, one can remain faithfully, covenantally married to one who has “deserted”, “committed adultery”, “remarried” or is guilty of any other “justification” for divorce. And does not Jesus state that a hard heart is at the root of every divorce? The county courthouse cannot answer the question of whether we are “married” from a biblical perspective. But we cannot forget the woman at the well for whom Jesus did not value the civil state of her numerous couplings, but addressed her desperate need for a Savior of both body and spirit. The Law kills but the Spirit gives Life!
    Hosea 2 shows us that God “remarries” only in reconciling a broken relationship. And Isaiah and Jeremiah clearly teach that He cured His “divorce from Israel by death and resurrection. Would that Wildwood, and the Evangelical Church at large, might be full of examples of those who would die for their spouse BEFORE they would marry another. For that is EXACTLY “as Christ” loves His Bride. That is a “one woman man” or “one man woman” that each believer is called to be regardless of his or her sexual past. All is made new, but in the newness, our sexual conduct is called to be exemplary in imitation of Christ.
    And so, don’t let your question be “when can I remarry another?” or “am I eligible to serve in leadership?” Let your question be “What does selfless love look like in my situation?” Those who conduct themselves accordingly will clearly be leaders having a title or not.

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