Whenever a congregation is studying what the Bible teaches about elders, they need to strive to come to a good understanding as to just what an elder is. First, to develop a proper image of what an elder is, we can look to the meanings of the words used in scripture that refer to the position of an elder in the Lord’s church.
Information overload! That’s what we experience on a daily basis. The world is connected as has never before been the case. Satellite television beams current events around the world instantaneously. No need to go to a theater to see a movie anymore; just pull up the latest releases on Pay-Per-View or On-Demand. If you like to read, download an e-book on your tablet.
Information is power! But only if the information is listened to and heeded. Many people receive valuable information that can help them in a variety of ways, but instead of paying attention to it and implementing it into their lives, they ignore it. As a result, they do not benefit from its value at all. Endless examples could be cited.
The word “gospel” means “good news.” It is a generic word but has come to be used, nearly exclusively, in reference to the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. Jesus brought the message of salvation from Heaven to man on earth. The message is universal in that it is meant for all mankind. At the same time, it is very personal; every human being must ultimately learn and accept it on an individual basis, one person at a time.
Gary L. Hutchens