1. OF what is God
"For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in
all churches of the saints." 1 Cor. 14:33. See 1 Cor. 11:16.
2. Why did Paul give instruction to Timothy concerning the duties and
qualifications of bishops and deacons?
"These things write I unto thee, . . . that thou mayest
know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is
the church of the living God, the pillar and ground [margin, stay] of
the truth." I Tim. 3:14,15.
3. How should everything pertaining to God's work be done?
things be done decently and in order." 1 Cor. 14:40.
heaven's first law."- Milton. In the Scriptures
Christians are likened to soldiers, and their work to that of a warrior,
or to a conqueror going forth to conquer. 2 Tim. 2:3,4; 1 Tim. 1:18;
Rev. 6:2. As order, organization, direction, and discipline are
necessary in an army, so are they also in the church. The weapons used
and the object sought are different in each case (Rom. 13:4; 2 Cor. 10:3.4); but the necessity for order and organization are the same in
4. What is one prime essential of soldiers in an army?
"All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart
to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel." 1 Chron. 12:38.
5. 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?
"Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as
fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them,
to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties,
and rulers of tens. And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it
shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every
small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and
they shall bear the burden with thee." Ex. 18:21,22.
6. How many apostles did Christ at first ordain to preach
"And He ordained twelve, that they should be with Him, and that He
might send them forth to preach." Mark 3:14.
7. How many did He later appoint to this work?
"After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also,
and sent them two and two before His face into every city and place,
whither He Himself would come." Luke 10:1.
8. 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 necessities?
"Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report,
full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this
business." 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, "Whomsoever ye shall approve by your
letters, them will I send." 1 Cor. 16:3. See also Acts 15:22.
9. What word came through the Spirit to the ministering prophets and
teachers laboring at Antioch?
"As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said,
Separate Me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called
them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them,
they sent them away." Acts 13:2,3.
10. What is one
of the gifts which God has set in the church?
"And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that . . . helps,
NOTE.-The word here rendered
governments implies the work or
office of "steering, piloting, directing."
11. For the direction of matters in each local church, what instruction
did the apostle Paul give to Titus?
"For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order
the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had
appointed thee." Titus 1:5.
12. What instruction did he give to the members of the church as to
their relationship to those thus appointed?
"Obey them that have the rule [margin, guide] over you, and submit
yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give
account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief." Heb. 13:17.
See 1 Peter 5:5; Mark 10:42-45.
13. What instruction and caution are given to elders?
"The elders which
are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, . . . Feed the flock of God
which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint,
but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; neither as
being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock." 1
NOTE.-For the qualifications and duties of elders, see 1 Tim. 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 Abiram. See Rev. 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 Eph. 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 Dan. 7:25; 8:24,25; 2 Thess.
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 Matt.
18:15-18; 5:23,24; Gal. 6:1; 1 Tim. 5:19,20; Titus 3:10,11; 1 Corinthians 5;
and Acts 15. And the guide-book in all matters of both doctrine and
discipline should be the Bible. Isa. 8:20; 2 Tim. 3:16,17; 4:1,2.
HAS someone seen Christ in you today?
Christian, look to your heart, I
The little things you have done or said-
Did they accord with the way you prayed?
Have your thoughts been pure and words been kind?
Have you sought to
have the Saviour's mind?
The world with a criticizing view
Has watched; but did it see Christ in you?
Has some one seen Christ in you today?
Christian, look to your life, I
There are aching hearts and blighted souls
Being lost on sin's
And perhaps of Christ their only view
May be what they see of Him in
Will they see enough to bring hope and cheer?
Look to your light! does it shine out clear?
Preparing For Eternity Copyright © 2003-2020 All Rights Reserved