From the World 1

Series: Protecting From the World
Presenter: Viji Roberts

This is one of a four-part series on the importance of elders protecting the congregation from the influences of the world.

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Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. What are some practical examples of alarms that members of the local church face when dealing with the world?
Internally it may be false teaching that produces undue fear; squabbling elders that breaks unity etc. Externally it could be a newly introduced restrictive legislation; a breaking news that is disturbing etc.
2. What are some practical examples of servant leadership that elders can demonstrate among the flock?
Not expecting preferential treatment at an event; gentleness and tenderness when dealing with strife and conflict; willingness to be questioned etc.
3. Give one Bible reference that shows elders must be role models?
One example is Hebrews 13:7

Discuss It

  1. When faced with an issue Paul always led the saints to the Word of God. How can we create such a culture within our local churches?
  2. Timidity is not holiness. Why does such confusion exist and what can elders do about it?

Apply It

  1. Are you overly timid and afraid to assert yourself? In what areas is this most evident? What verses can you use to help you become more bold? (Consider 2 Tim. 1:7-8, Isa. 40:30-31, Isa. 41:10, Josh. 1:6-7, Deut. 31:6, etc.). Commit some of these verses to memory.
  2. What alarms, attacks or abuses have you seen in the last five years at your church? How were they handled? Have people’s fears been allayed? How have things been affected by those fears, by the elders response and to the congregation's growth in faith?