Order and System
Of what is God the
For God is not a God
of disorder but a God of peace. 1
Why did Paul give
instructions to Timothy concerning the duties and
qualifications of ministers and deacons?
Although I hope to
come to you soon, I am writing you these
instructions so that, if I am delayed, you
will know how people ought to conduct themselves
in Gods household, which is the church
of the living God, the pillar and foundation of
1 Timothy 3:14,15.
How should everything
pertaining to Gods work be done?
But everything should
be done in a fitting and orderly way.
1 Corinthians 14:40.
Note Order is Heavens
first law. In the Scriptures Christians are
likened to soldiers, and their work to that of a
warrior (2 Timothy 2:3, 4: 1 Timothy 1:18;
Revelation 6:2.) As order, direction, and
discipline are necessary in an army, so are they
also in the church. The weapons used and the
objects sought are different in each case (Romans
13:4; 2 Corinthians 10:3,4); but the necessity
for order and organization are the same in both.
Division of Responsibility
That the burden of
judging and looking after the affairs of Israel
might not all rest on Moses, what instruction did
Jethro, his father-in-law, give him?
But select capable men
from all the people men who fear God,
trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain
and appoint them as officials over thousands,
hundreds, fifties, and tens. Have them serve as
judges for the people all the times, but have
them bring difficult cases to you; the simple
cases they can decide themselves. That will make
your load lighter, because they will share it
with you. Exodus 18:21,22.
How many apostles did Christ
at first ordain to preach the gospel?
He appointed twelve
designating them apostles that they
might be with him and that he might send them out
to preach. Mark 3:14.
How many did He later appoint
to this work?
After this the Lord appointed
seventy-two others and sent them two by two
ahead of him to every town and place where he was
about to go. Luke 10:1.
When the number of the
disciples multiplied, what instruction did the
apostles give the believers, that none might be
neglected in the daily ministration of temporal
Brother, choose seven
men from among you who are known to be full of
the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn the
responsibility over to them. Acts 6:3.
Note The men thus
selected were known as deacons. The lesson to be
learned from this is that leaders and people
should unite in planning and providing for the
necessary organization and officering of the
church according to its growth and needs. This
cooperation is again shown in the words of Paul,
Whomever you will approve by your letters,
then I will send. 1 Corinthians 16:3. (See
also Acts 15:22.)
What word came through the
Spirit to the ministering prophets and teachers
laboring at Antioch?
While they were
worshiping the Lord and fasting, The Holy Spirit
said, Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul
for the work to which I have called them.
So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed
their hands on them and sent them off. Acts
What is one of the gifts that
God has set in the church?
And in the church God
has appointed first of all apostles, second
prophets, third teachers, then workers of
miracles, also having the gift of healing, those
able to help others, those with gifts of
administration, and those speaking in
different kinds of tongues. 1 Corinthians
Note The word here
rendered administration implies the work or
office of steering, piloting, and
For what direction of
matters in each local church, what instruction
did the Apostle Paul give Titus?
The reason I left you
in Crete was that you might straighten out what
was left unfinished and appoint elders in
every town, as I directed you. Titus
Relationship of Members and
What instruction did he
give to the members of the church as to their
relationship to those thus appointed?
Obey your leaders and
submit to their authority. They keep watch over
you as men who must give account. Obey them so
that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for
that would be no advantage to you. Hebrews
13:17. (See 1 Peter 5:5; Mark 10:42-45.)
What instruction and caution
are given to the elders?
To the elders among
you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of
Christs sufferings and one who will also
share in the glory to be revealed: Be
shepherds of Gods flock that is under your
care, serving as overseers not because
you must, but because you are willing, as God
wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager
to serve, not lording it over these
entrusted to you, but being examples to the
flock. 1 Peter 5:1-3.
Note For the
qualifications and duties of the elders, see 1
Timothy 3:1-3; Titus 1:6-9; Acts 20:28-31; and
the scripture just quoted. How God regards
rebellion against divinely appointed authority
and leadership is illustrated in the expulsion of
Satan and his angels from heaven, and in the fate
of Korah, Dathan, and Abriram. (See Revelation
12:7-9; Numbers 16.) The unity and harmony which
should exist among believers is described in John
13:34, 35: 17:20-23; and Ephesians 4:1-6. The
evil of place seeking in the church is shown in
Mark 10:35-45 and Luke 14:7-11; and of
ecclesiastical tyranny, in Daniel 7:25; 8:24,25;
2 Thessalonians 2:3,4; and John 16:2. The course
to be pursued toward offending members, and in
cases where differences arise, is pointed out in
Matthew 18:15-18; 5:23, 24; Galatians 6:1; 1
Timothy 5:19, 20; Titus 3:10, 11; 1 Corinthians
5; and Acts 15. And the guidebook in all matters
of both doctrine and discipline should be the
Bible. (Isaiah 8:20; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 4:1,2.)
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