Dwelling on the good stuff

I’m pretty excited. I just got a reminder that God doesn’t want us brooding over our failings. C’mon. How many of us find our failures distracting, playing them over and over in our minds like some kind of masochistic looping video? But it’s totally clear that God doesn’t want sinners...

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Fun to Say – Incredible to Know

Some words are simply fun to say. A good example is the word, inconceivable. Give that one a try, putting particular weight on the third syllable. InconCEIVable! Another word I like is, immutability. Try saying that one a few times. You’ll find it kind of just rolls off your tongue… Immutability....

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Unpacking 83 words from Paul

I was about to read Ephesians 1 for the umpteenth time and I never got past verse 10! What’s up with that? It’s because I was mesmerized by one of the Apostle Paul’s uber-long sentences in verses 7-10. In the ESV and NKJV (two highly literal translations), those four verses...

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Elders, Part 5: Appointment

Elders are not hired or elected, but called and appointed. When Paul left Titus on Crete, one of his jobs was “to appoint (kathistemi) elders in every town” so as to “put into order” the work of God on that island (Titus 1:5). When Paul and Barnabas “appointed elders… in...

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Elders, Part 4: Call

This month, we have been looking at eldership in the church, and in recent weeks have discussed the history, meaning, character and function of elders.  This week’s topic focuses on an elder’s calling. Paul makes it clear that it is the Holy Spirit who issues the call to eldership (Acts 20:28)...

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Elders, Part 3: Functions

In these articles we are attempting to present the Father’s perspective on those who care for His flock so that everyone in Gateway can participate in the selection of additional elders to serve our church community. Elders carry weighty duties and responsibilities for which they will give account (Hebrews 13:17). The...

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Elders, Part 2: Qualifications

In these articles we are attempting to present the Father’s perspective on those who care for His flock so that everyone in Gateway can participate in the selection of additional elders to serve our church community. Two words are used for “elders” in the Old Testament. The first, zegen, means...

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Elders, Part 1: Who are They?

For the next several weeks, we will be providing some simple Biblical perspectives on the subject of eldership. The purpose of this is to define who elders are, what they do, what their purpose and place is, how they are selected and appointed and how they function. We trust these...

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