This Sunday was all about Jesus as our shepherd-king. He came to reveal the Father and is called the Good Shepherd. As the Chief Shepherd, Jesus calls and appoints leaders to shepherd and oversee the church. Today was a monumental day of importance and celebration for our church as we appointed two new Elders, Jerry Williams and Mo Lawson, as well as officially ordained Justus Murimi for ministry. (Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 11:3; Psalm 23:1-4; John 10:7-17: John 21:15-19; Titus 1:5; Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-11; 2 Timothy 1:2-14).
Joshua Sorrows concludes a two-part teaching on the role of Elders, culminating with the installation of John Kaserman as the fourth Elder at Normandy. Joshua emphasizes that kingdom leadership is all about serving. He explains from the life and ministry of Moses in Numbers 11 that the means of God caring for His people is through appointing and establishing elders. Joshua then uses the ministry of Jesus and passages such as Acts 14:21-23 to show the continuation of God's plan of shepherding and caring for His people through eldership in the New Testament church.
Pastor John Bower teaches on the first of two messages on Biblical Eldership. John reviews the qualifications of an Elder and emphasizes one of the primary duties of an Elder, shepherding. Shepherds protect, nurture, and lead the flock. God is His goodness has appointed Elders to demonstrate His love for us and reflect His desire to see His people cared for.
Pastor Joshua Sorrows talks about the biblical roles, requirements and expectations of elders. He draws primarily from Titus 1:5-9 to define and expound on the calling of elders within the church. In the Bible, elders are synonymous with pastors, rulers, and overseers called by the Holy Spirit to govern, teach, unify, and care for the local church. At Normandy, we support a plurality of elders to govern the church, all equal in authority, and tested over a period of time to determine their faithfulness and obedience to the call of God on their lives to lead. Joshua emphasizes that before elders are given any measure of authority to lead, they must, like all Christians, first go downward in submission and humility towards God and others in order to grow up into greater spiritual maturity. A leader's heart must be first and foremost submitted to God. Other passages that speak to the role of elders within the church are 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and 1 Peter 5:1-3. Additionally, Joshua uses 1 Samuel 16: 1-7 as a reminder that God is not looking for leaders with an impressive resume to lead His church, but "looks at the heart."