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The Doctrine of Christ - W. W. Prescott

The Doctrine of Christ - W. W. Prescott

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“By his baptismal vows, every member of the church has solemnly pledged himself to guard
the interests of his brethren. All will be tempted to cling to their own cherished plans and ideas, which
appear sound to them. But they should watch and pray, and endeavor, to the utmost of their ability, to
build up the kingdom of Jesus in the world. Every Christian is required by God, as far as it is in his
power, to ward oft from his brethren and sisters every influence which will have the least tendency to
divide them or to separate their interests from the work for this present time. He should not only have a
regard for his own spiritual interests, but should manifest a burden for the souls of those to whom he
stands related; and he should, through Christ, have a constraining power over other members of the
church. His words and deportment should have an influence to lead them to follow Christ’s example in
self-denial, self-sacrifice, and love for others.” Id., Volume 5, Page 480.

C. Officers and Their Duties

1. The officers of the church recognized in the New Testament are bishops, or elders, and deacons.
Philippians l:1.

2. The terms “bishop” and “elder,” defining officers of the church, are used synonymously. Titus 1:5-7.

3. According to the record found in the New Testament, the elders were appointed by the apostles, or
some one designated by them. Acts 14: 23; Titus 1:5.

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4. The seven men who had charge of “ the daily ministration,” usually considered as filling the office of
deacon, were nominated by the brethren, but appointed by the twelve.” Acts 6:1-3.

5. The qualifications of a bishop or elder are fully set forth in the following scriptures: 1 Timothy 3:1-7;
Titus 1:5-9.

6. It is the duty of the elders to feed the church with spiritual food. Acts 20:28.

7. The qualifications of deacons are also clearly stated. 1 Timothy 3: 8-12.

8. The elders of the church at Jerusalem sat with the apostles in the first council, and the decision made
then was sent out in the joint name of the apostles and elders. Acts 15:6, 22; 16:4.

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