Sharing the Load 1

Series: Sharing the Load
Presenter: Bob Deffinbaugh

Part 1 in a series to help the learner understand that elders need to shepherd themselves before they can care for others.

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Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. What is the key passage warning elders to watch out for themselves?
Acts 20:28
2. What are two levels of accountability that every elder must have?
1) Individual accountability for himself before the Lord; 2) Corporate accountability to the other elders
3. What is one key avenue for false teaching to get into the church?
When true plurality of elders is set aside.

Discuss It

  1. What do you think are the greatest obstacles to elders being accountable to one another?
  2. How is humbleness a key character trait in the effectiveness of accountability?
  3. Why in your estimation is it important for the elders to first watch out for themselves before they can care for the congregation?

Apply It

  1. Do you have an accountability partner or a mentor—someone who has your permission to confront you with error, character slippage, or mistakes? When was the last time someone has actually pointed out something in your life that needs to be corrected? If it has been a long time or never, then your assignment is to find a trusted friend and ask him to point out three to five good qualities about you, and one area of your life that needs attention.

Digging Deeper

The Man in the Mirror by Patrick Morley