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Elders Dedication Service 1/17/2016

Elders in the Church

Titus 1:5 Elders maintain spiritual order and Direction within the church.  This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you–
Acts 14:23 Elders offer spiritual encouragement and direction to believers in the church.  23 And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
Acts 15:1-35 Elders work to resolve spiritual questions and offer spiritual guidance within the church.  The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter.

Elders Dedication Service including Praise & Worship

James 5:14 Elders pray for the sick and the concerns of the church.  Is anyone among you sick?  Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
1 Peter 5:1-5 Elders lead with spiritual insight.  So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.  5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders.  Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Elder’s Role in the Church:  The Elders of LongView Bible Church are men that have been carefully selected through prayer to assist the Pastor in establishing and maintaining spiritual growth in the church and among the people of God.  In the early church, elders were responsible for maintaining the spiritual order and direction within the church.  In addition, elders answered spiritual questions, gave spiritual guidance, prayed for the sick and lead with spiritual insight.