ABSCO Dec. 3, 2006

 

Ordained of the Ecclesia
Volume 6:  Pages 273 – 289

More references on the next page.

 

1)  Discuss the ecclesia

-          Its meaning, purpose

-          How is this arrangement to be used to interpret the Lord’s will

 

2)      Discuss the different types of ordination in the history of the Church
(John
15:16, 1 Tim 2:7, Gal 1:1, Isa 61:1, Acts 14:23, 1 John 4:1, …)

-          Consider: Young’s Analytical / Strong’s

-          Discuss examples

o        Apostles

o        Titus, others

 

3) Ordaining Elders

-          What are the responsibilities (job description) of an Elder?

o        Would it be appropriate to elect an Elder to fill only certain roles?

-          What are the qualifications to be elected? Are any perfectly qualified?

-          Are there minimum requirements?

 

 

3)      Who May Elect Elders and How

-          Who are voting members of the ecclesia? Are there exceptions?

-          Discuss nominations vs. 1/3 balloting. (R 5350)

-          Discuss benefits of having a secret voting process for elections? (Vol 6: 281-282)

-          Discuss the benefits of using the stretching forth of the hand?

o        What are the challenges of stretching forth the hand?

 

4)      Ordaining of Deacons and Deaconesses
(1 Tim 3:8-13, Rom 16:3, 9; Vol 6 p. 267 & 282, Question Book p. 200)

-          What was the original role of deacons ordained to serve?

-          Was it an oversight of female servants when only men were selected for the original 70?

-          Discuss the role of Lieutenant in an ecclesia setting. (R 5984)

 

5)   "Clergy" and "Laity"

-          Discuss a brief history of the Priest-craft

-          Discuss the spirit of Antichrist as it relates to this subject

-          Can this Clergy-Laity concept ever happen today to the Bible Student movement?

 

6)   Majorities not Sufficient

-          For those who are being elected for an office, what should be the attitude regarding a majority or nearly unanimous vote?

-          Discuss majority, 75% and unanimous voting. (R5336)

-          Discuss rounding up/rounding down in vote tallies.

 

7)  A Paid Ministry?

-          Could an ecclesia choose to pay an elder or servant?

-          In what ways could this conflict with the voting/election process in the ecclesia?

-          Discuss related examples from the scriptures.

 

 

Starter references:

 

Primary:  Volume 6, Chapter 5 - The Organization of the New Creation

 

 


MISC REPRINT ARTICLES

R. 5981 -   The Hour of Temptation

R. 5955 -   Danger in Spiritual Pride

R. 5921 -   Love in the Classes

R. 5793 -   Proper Basis of Honor in the Church

R. 5350 -   Electing Elders and Deacons

R. 5336 -   Choosing Elders and Deacons

R. 3171 -   Responsibilities of Eldership

R. 3745 -   Infallibility and Church Eldership

R. 3613 -   Not Holding the Head

R. 1889 -   Decently and In Order

R. 407   -   The Ekklesia

R. 5984 -   Pastoral Work

R. 5704 -   “Serious Faults Need Correction”

 

ELDERS

Eph 4: 4, 5; Eph 4:11-13; Matt 23:2, 6-8; 2 Tim 2:24, 25; 1 Tim 5:17 (Diaglott); 1 Thes 5:12, 13; John 15:16; 1 Tim 2:7; 1 Tim 3:1-7; Titus 1:7-9; Gal 1:1; Titus 1:5; 1 Peter 5:1-3; Gal 6:6; Rom 12:6-8;

 

DEACONS

1 Tim 3:8-13; Matt 23:11; Acts 6:3,4; Vol 6 p 254;

(Greek word diakonos also used in 2 Cor 6:4; 2 Cor 3:5,6)


DEACONESSES
Rom 16:3, 9; Vol 6 p 267, 282; R 4313, QB p 200

 


*Women in the Church – Vol. 6 Chap. 5; Tabernacle Shadows p 102-103

 

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