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God's Plan for His church

Session 1
by

Stephen Johns

on 29 September 2013

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Transcript of God's Plan for His church

Different Forms of Church Polity
Defining the Terms
Elder (Presbuteros): Indicates enough age to be trustworthy and to have been proven
Episcipol
Roman Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran
Why it matters?
Ephesians 5:25-27

“25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”
Who is the Pastor?
God's Plan for His church:
Healthy Church Polity

Bishop, Elder, Pastor
Acts 20:17, 28
Titus 1:5-7
Elder
Overseer / Bishop
Pastor
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x
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x
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x
1 Peter 5:1,2
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1 Timothy 5:17;19, James 5:14
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Philippians 1:1
Ephesians 4:11
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Overseer / Bishop (Episkipos): Emphasizes authority and making decisions. Possibly the final decision maker on matters
Shepherd / Pastor (pasture - Poimen): Ephasizes the protecting and feeding role in regards to the flock and submission to the ‘Chief Shepherd’
The Bishop is the one that rules
Presbyterian
Sessions
Local church Elders
Sessions
Local church Elders
Sessions
Local church Elders
Synods
Elders from different Sessions
General Assembly
Elders from different Synods
Synods
Elders from different Sessions
Sessions
Local church Elders
Sessions
Local church Elders
Sessions
Local church Elders
Sessions
Local church Elders
Sessions
Local church Elders
Congregational
Congregationally led and ruled
Board led and congregationally ruled
Single Pastor led and congregationally ruled
Single Pastor led and ruled
Plurality of Elders led and congregationally ruled
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