7.4 Although officers are not essential to the existence of a local church, they are necessary for its well-being (Acts 14:23Titus 1:5). In the present age (i.e. the age after the founding and estab­lishment of Christ’s church on earth), Christ has appointed two of­fices for the government of the lo­cal church: elders (also known as pastors, bishops or overseers) and deacons (1 Timothy 3:1–13). It is the particular responsibility of elders to keep watch over the flock as men who must give an account, to provide sound teaching for the edification and strengthening of the saints, and to prepare God’s people for works of service (Acts 20:28Titus 1:9Hebrews 13:17). Certain elders may be set apart to labour in preaching and teaching (1 Timothy 5:17). Deacons are appointed to attend to ministries of mercy and other practical service, in order to free the elders for prayer and the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:1–71 Timothy 3:8–13).

Article 7.4

This is an extract from Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni‘s Confession of Faith. While our members must affirm the Statement of Belief our elders must, in addition, affirm the Confession of Faith. The document represents: the sound doctrine we teach, a unity between us on key aspects of the Christian faith, sets a clear expectation to our members and represents the leadership’s hopes for the congregation as a whole. This Confession is held by elders of member churches of Sola 5. Sola 5 is an association of God-centred evangelicals in Southern Africa currently with member churches in Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

More about Crystal Park Baptist Church Benoni’s Confession of Faith here: https://tinyurl.com/yb57w8o9.

Offices in the Local Church

Categories: Uncategorized