Peter confirms many of the things we have seen concerning elders in the previous weeks but he adds some very helpful insights also. Elders need to shepherd voluntarily and not grudgingly, not looking for earthly gain or using their position to domineer in the church. Christ indicated that the greatest in His Kingdom would be servant of all.

The passage is applied to those who are already elders, to those who desire that work and to the church whose task is to recognize those whom the Lord has gifted to serve in this way.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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