We will review briefly what we have previously learned.

Evangelism

-Recognize that the power is in Him
-We must be obedient to Christ’s command to go into all the world stated in Matthew 28:18-20. We are to go into Jerusalem, Judaea, Samaria, and the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8).
-We must preach God’s Word to them. Do not preach anything else; preach God’s Word

Discipleship

The goal of winning souls is to make disciples. A disciple is not just a convert, but a true follower of Jesus Christ. The steps of discipleship are:
-Baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. The method of baptism is immersion, the authority of baptism is vested in the local church, and the recipients of baptism must be those who have made a personal and public commitment to Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9).
-Teaching them the truths of God’s Word. According to 2 Timothy 2:14-17, this involves five things: Doctrine, reproof, correction, instruction, and good works.

Remember these things: Start simple, be patient, be meek, be persistent, be prayerful, and teach in a way that can be repeated to someone else. The purpose of discipleship is to reproduce more disciples.

Now we want to talk about the administration of the church. This lesson will cover how to guide a church according to the principles of God’s Word.

The two things we want to look at in part 1 are the offices and ordinances of the church.
Offices

1. The office of pastor (or bishop).

The definition of a pastor is: A shepherd; one that has the care of flocks and herds. A minister of the gospel; one who has charge of a congregation. This is the way the Bible explains a pastor:

Acts 20:28-29 “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.”

-The pastor is to oversee the flock. He is to watch for wolves who can hurt and damage the flock. He is to look out for their spiritual condition.
-He is to feed the flock of God. He is to provide spiritual nourishment through God’s Word. The Holy Ghost has given us this assignment. That is a sobering thing. God has purchased the church with His own blood.

1 Peter 5:1-4 “The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.”

-He is to warn the flock. As Paul says in Acts, there will be grievous wolves that will enter in and try to steal the flock. We must warn our people of this.Colossians 1:28 “Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.”

-He is a steward of the flock. This is the Lord’s flock, not ours. We are just stewards, just overseers taking care of God’s flock.
Titus 1:7 “For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God…”

-He is to set an example for the flock. Peter tells us to be “ensamples” to the flock, which literally means that we should be a sample of what a Christian ought to be. In fact, the Word of God gives a list of qualifications for the bishop or pastor.
1 Timothy 3:1-7 “This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.”

If I am to take care of the church of God, I must be exemplary and blameless in my lifestyle and behavior. A pastor who is not blameless is a reproach to the name of Christ.

Titus 1:6-9 “If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.”
The pastor must be a blameless man, a faithful man, and an able man. He must be able to understand and teach sound doctrine to others.
Remember that your people are not just listening to your words; they are watching your lifestyle. And we must have Christ-like behavior. If we are Christ-like, then it will help them to also be Christ-like. If any of these characteristics are lacking in any of us, we must ask the Lord to forgive us and help us to be blameless.
Being a pastor is a high calling, but it is a wonderful calling. You must be ready and willing to serve faithfully and selflessly as Christ laid down His life for the sheep. Jesus said in John 10:11, “ I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” A good shepherd always gives himself for the sheep.

2. The office of deacon.

The second office mentioned in Scripture is the office of deacon.

Definition of a deacon: An attendant, and aid, someone who waits on others; a minister or servant.
This is an important office in the church because the deacons help the pastor so he can give himself to the ministry of God’s Word. Acts 6 explains what the first deacons did.

Acts 6:2-4 “Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.”

The deacons were elected to take care of the daily task of caring for the people’s needs so that the pastors could concentrate on ministering the Word of God. They relieve the pastor so he can do his duty more effectively. But it is important that he be a godly man, because he is doing ministry on behalf of the pastor. These men were men of honesty and a good testimony, they were full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, and they were capable of taking on this business.
The Bible gives further qualifications for the deacons:

1 Timothy 3:8-13 “Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

Deacons ought to be elected by the people as they were in Acts 6. They “looked out among them” faithful men who could assist with the needs of the people. The pastor can recommend, but the people should choose the deacons by electing them.