Introduction from January 2019
Brothers and sisters, beginning on January 6, 2019, we at Felton Bible Church intend to take up the topic of biblical eldership in our study of God's Word, starting with a five-week preaching series. It is my prayer and hope that this series will serve as a foundation from which to continue praying, thinking, discussing, praying, and praying some more over the course of 2019. The general title for this sermon series is "Pastor-Elders: Servants in Love" (with appropriate topical sub-titles). By this I hope to emphasize that love for God, and love for God's people, is the beating heart of a pastor-elder. Biblical eldership is all about love (thanks to Tom Dwyer for a key pointer in this regard)!
As we consider Jesus' purpose for his church with respect to biblical eldership, please avail yourself of the resources at this page (written, audio, and video). I've arranged much of this material to parallel our planned route in preaching for the five Sundays from January 6th - February 3rd (remembering, of course, that the Holy Spirit can always change our plans). Toward the bottom of the page, I've included additional resources that span all of the Sundays in question. I trust that you will find this material helpful alongside our Sunday morning sermons.
I, and others, would love to engage any questions you have or conversation you might desire pertinent to Scripture's view of pastoral leadership in the church. May Jesus find us faithful to his Word, and to our careful, gracious, passionate, and unified love for one another. At the end of the day, how we engage in this study - i.e. with love, quick to hear, slow to speak, and grounded in God's Word - is every bit as important as where we land at its conclusion.
Love In Christ...P.J.