the office of elder in the church
Read pp. 743 - 751 in Institutes of Biblical Law.
corresponding Rushdoony lectures
Listen to the R. J. Rushdoony lecture, The Office of Elder in the Church, that corresponds with this section.
Video summary lecture (Andrea Schwartz)
questions for thought & discussion
1. Why does modern man respond more favorably to democracy than monarchy?
2. What has been the effect on the church as biblical eldership diminished?
3. Answer the charge that the whole concept of eldership is chauvinistic?
4. How would a proper functioning eldership lessen the effects of statism?
5. Jesus stated that he who wished to be greatest among men must be a servant. How does this tie in with eldership?
6. How do the biblical requirements for eldership tie into building a strong Christian culture?
7. Many have criticized Rushdoony for his views on the church. In what way does his perspective upset the status quo?
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