Gods Holy People, Elders and DeaconsPhilippians 1:1-2
Ecclesiastes 1:2 - Everything is meaningless, says the Teacher, completely meaningless! NLTBiblical Joy is directly related to the Sovereignty of God
Philippians 1:1-2 - This letter is from Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus. I am writing to all of Gods holy people in Philippi who belong to Christ Jesus, including the elders and deacons. 42May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. NLT
Acts 16:9-10 - That night Paul had a vision: A man from Macedonia in northern Greece was standing there, pleading with him, Come over to Macedonia and help us!
10So we decided to leave for Macedonia at once, having concluded that God was calling us to preach the Good News there. NLT Lydia, a wealthy woman comes to know Christ (Acts 16:13-15) The Philippian Jailer came to know Christ (Acts16: 25-34)
JOYis a primary theme of Philippians Psalm 4:7-8 - You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. 8In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe. NLT Psalm 16:11 You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. NLTGods Holy People
All Christians are saints not because they themselves have a righteous stance before Gods throne but rather that we stand In Christ in His righteousness His Holiness was imputed to our account (Rom 4:22-24) 14Gods Holy Elders and DeaconsElder: A man charged with the duty of seeing that things that are to be done are done right. (Enhanced Strongs Lexicon)
An Elders Qualifications1 Timothy 3:2-7 So an elder must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach. 3He must not be a heavy drinker or be violent. He must be gentle, not quarrelsome, and not love money. 4He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. 5For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of Gods church? 6An elder must not be a new believer, because he might become proud, and the devil would cause him to fall. 7Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devils trap. NLT An Elders Responsibilities(referred to as Shepherds [Pastors]) Acts 20:28 So guard yourselves and Gods people. Feed and shepherd Gods flockhis church, purchased with his own bloodover which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as elders. NLT Ephesians 4:11-12 - Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12Their responsibility is to equip Gods people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. NLT1 Peter 5:1-5 - And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share in his glory when he is revealed to the whole world. As a fellow elder, I appeal to you:2Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudginglynot for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. 3Dont lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. 4And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor. 5In the same way, you younger men must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, serve each other in humility, for God opposes the proud but favors the humble. NLT Hebrews 13:17 - Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit. NLTDeacon (Minister or Servant)
One who executes the commands of another especially of a master, attendant or minister the servant of a king (Enhanced Strongs Lexicon) Deacon (Minister or Servant)
One who, by virtue of the office assigned to him by the church, cares for the poor and has charge of and distributes the money collected for their use. EldersLead Teach Guide Discipline Care Live Godly LivesDeacons & DeaconnessRoles are practical in nature related to administrative issues without the required ability to teach.
2May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.Grace is that which gives joy, pleasure and delight.(Enhanced Strongs Lexicon)
1 Corinthians 15:10 - But by the grace of God I am what I am, ESVPeace - the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, no matter what it is. (Enhanced Strongs Lexicon)
Meditation & ApplicationDoes the happiness from your possessions, position or performance truly last? Or deep down inside do you long for more much more?
Meditation & ApplicationJoy and peace are directly connected to Gods Grace. When you accept this truth then you will experience peace with your state in life. Meditation & ApplicationBy the grace of God you are what you are.