The 3 Biblical Church Offices to Declare & Demonstrate Christ
Confession: Belgic Confession: Article 31
Scripture: 1 Timothy 5:17-18; 2 Timothy 2:15, 4:1-2
Preacher: Rev. David Inks
- Minister of the Word & Sacrament (1 Tim 5:17-18; 2 Tim 2:15, 4:1-2)
- Elder (Acts 20:17-32, Heb 13:17)
- Deacon (John 13:13-17, Mark 10:44-45, Heb 2:16-18, Acts 6:1-7)
- The Flock’s Response to Christ thru the Office
Article 31: The Officers of the Church
We believe that ministers of the Word of God, elders, and deacons ought to be chosen to their offices by a legitimate election of the church, with prayer in the name of the Lord, and in good order, as the Word of God teaches. So everyone must be careful not to push himself forward improperly, but he must wait for God’s call, so that he may be assured of his calling and be certain and sure that he is chosen by the Lord. As for the ministers of the Word, they all have the same power and authority, no matter where they may be, since they are all servants of Jesus Christ, the only universal bishop, and the only head of the church. Moreover, to keep God’s holy order from being violated or despised, we say that everyone ought, as much as possible, to hold the ministers of the Word and elders of the church in special esteem, because of the work they do, and be at peace with them, without grumbling, quarreling, or fighting.
1 Timothy 5:17-18 (King James Version)
17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. 18 For the scripture saith, thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.
2 Timothy 2:15 (King James Version)
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 4:1-2 (King James Version)
4 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
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