First we remember that the church is God’s creation.
“Fundamentally, God intends the local church to be a corporate display of his glory and wisdom, both to unbelievers and to unseen spiritual powers. More specifically, we are a corporate dwelling place for God’s Spirit, the organic body of Christ in which he magnifies his glory.” (Dever and Alexander - The Deliberate Church)
Second is the importance of how we govern this body.
“New Testament churches are to be congregationally governed yet led by a plurality of elders who are released by servant deacons to devote themselves to the ministry of the Word and prayer” (Dever and Alexander - “The Deliberate Church”).
1. Elders are Called to Lead the Church
2. Elders are Called to Shepherd the Flock
3. Elders are Called to Teach the Believers
4. Elders are Called to Equip the Saints
Reference1 Peter 5:1-11