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Titus 1:5-9 Local Congregations Overseen By Elders And Deacons

 

Titus 1:5-9

 

1:5 For this cause left I thee in <"" />Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:

1:6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.

1:7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;

1:8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;

1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

 

Paul, the apostle, a traveling elder, sent Titus, the apostle, a traveling deacon, to Crete.  He was to set elders, plural, in every city.  There is no mention of a singular elder in a church anywhere in the Bible.  There were elders who cared for the church as a shepherd cares for sheep.  These local men worked to support their families and received no salary for their work.  Other documents, letters in the early church, attest to this fact.  It much later that someone decided that it would be better to have a chief elder.  Up until that time, the elders were the bishops (overseers).  At that later date, they decided to change the order of God to a precept of man, and they set up a man-made order of a single bishop overseeing the elders.  At that time, the bishop started getting a salary for his work.

Let God be true and every man a liar.

Apostles are given the responsibility of protecting the entire flock of God from the attack of the enemy, but with so many voices in the world, each one claiming to be the one that should be listened to, how can you know? You are responsible to be close enough to God so that you can tell the difference between false apostles and real apostles.

Read the complete definition of "Apostle."  

God restored the gifts of the Spirit and apostles & prophets to the church since 1948. Counterfeits and false gifts abound, but the real is still real.

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Last updated: Aug, 2011
 
 




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