Elders and their Recognition

W. E. Vine, Bath

Part 3 of 4 of the series The New Testament Pattern

Category: Study

The raising up of elders to act in an assembly for the spiritual care of the saints is primarily the work of the Holy Spirit. He it is who qualifies men to engage in this ministry, so that they give evidence of their fitness for it by their character and the testimony of their life. It is clear from the New Testament that as the apostles went about preaching and teaching, they appointed for the newly formed assemblies elders who had given evidence of what the Spirit of God had been doing in thus raising up men for this responsi­bility. This is the significance of the word “ap­pointed” in Acts 14: 23 and “appoint” in Tit. 1: 5, R.V. It does not indicate an official ordination. The appointment was that of men who were already doing the work. The assemblies did not choose the men; they were not appointed by the churches. It was their part to “know” them which laboured among them and were over them-in the Lord, that is, to recognize them as such (1 Thess. 5: 12).

In the early life of assemblies, formed as the result of missionary activity, the appointment was thus made by apostles or by apostolic delegates, such as Timothy and Titus, who were, neither of them, per­manently resident members themselves. Those who are existing elders or overseers should be on the lookout for others, raised up by the Spirit of God, and when they are satisfied as to the evidences, they should recommend such brethren to the gathered saints for their recognition.

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The Church of God - God’s Husbandry

David and Saul—Theocracy to Monarchy

Elders and their Recognition

Present Day Opportunities

Question: Is it wise to submit to being called “Plymouth Brethren”?

Question: Ought Christians to testify to all whom they meet?

Question: What is the meaning of “being crafty, I caught you with guile”? (2 Cor. 12: 16)

Reports of Gospel Work

There are 3 articles in this series

The Importance of New Testament Church Principles

The Divine Wisdom in the New Testament Pattern regarding Local Churches

Elders and their Recognition

There are 54 articles by this author

The Importance of New Testament Church Principles

Leading in Prayer

The Future Care of Assemblies Part 3

1 Timothy 1. 12 to 15

1 Timothy 1. 4 to 7

1 Timothy 1. 16 to 17

1 Timothy 1. 18 to 2. 5

1 Timothy 2. 6 to 2. 15

1 Timothy 3. 14 to 16

1 Timothy 3. 1 to 13

1 Timothy 4. 10 to 5.2

1 Timothy 4. 1 to 9

1 Timothy 5. 3 to 5. 16

1 Timothy 6. 11 to 16

1 Timothy 5. 17 to 25

Titus 2. 4 to 2. 15

Titus 3. 1-15

The Lord’s Supper

Is the Scriptural Assembly Possible Today?

Hindrances to Discipleship

The Care of the Churches

The Sufficiency and Finality of Scripture

Christ and Eternal Life in the Gospel of John

The Lord’s Servants

The Will of God

Service that Glorifies God

The Priestly Character of Service

A Guiding Principle for Service

Readiness for Service

1 Timothy 6. 17 to 21

The Importance of New Testament Church Principles

The Divine Wisdom in the New Testament Pattern regarding Local Churches

1 Timothy 1. 1 to 3


Elders and their Recognition

“Baptism Doth Now Save Us” AND “Baptised For The Dead”

Jesus Christ Is Lord

Spiritual Gifts - Part 1

Spiritual Gifts - Part 2

The Unity Of The Spirit

The Position and Ministry of Sisters

The Position and Ministry Of Sisters Part 2

The Future Care Of Assemblies Part 1

The Future Care Of Assemblies Part 2

The Maintenance Of Assembly Testimony

1 Timothy 1. 8 to11

2 Timothy 1. 1 to 5

1 Timothy 6. 1 to 10

Devotion - An Essential Factor in Training for Service

Yoke-Fellows in Gospel Service

Commendation for Service

Hindrances in Service

Rewards of Service

Titus 1. 10 to 2. 3