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Topic: Church Government

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Church Membership: Could you clarify what you think about what the Bible teaches about church membership? [Romans 16, I Corinthians 1:12, Matthew 20:26, Mark 10:43].

Qualifications for Elders: What are the qualifications of an elder? [I Timothy 3, Titus 1, Acts 13, Acts 14, Matthew 23:8, Matthew 20:26, Mark 10:43].
Steve Gregg to Speak at Your Church: What does one do to get you to come to speak to a group?

Those That "Rule Over" Us: Could you talk about those in authority and how they are to "rule over" us-those in government, institutional church, home church, and how it relates to our own souls? [Hebrews 13:17, Hebrews 13:7, Hebrews 13:24].

Amillennialism, Rod of Iron, Inquisition & the Persecuting Church: Is not the Amillennial view responsible for the persecution of the church in the Inquisition", because of claiming to rule by the "rod of iron"? Books on Amillennialism recommended- author, Sam Storms. [Revelation 2:26-27, Matthew 20:25].

Healthy Church: Have you heard of the Philadelphia Church in Seattle? What is your idea of a healthy church?

Apostolic Succession: Would you talk about Catholic "apostolic succession" and the early church fathers? [Acts 12].

Church Finances & Transparency: Is it mandatory for pastors to be transparent about the church's finances?

Questioning the Authority of the Pastor: Am I obligated to follow our pastor without question?

Church & Government Finances: Do you think that churches should accept government finances or benefits? [Jeremiah 17:8].

Elders & Deacons: What is the difference between an elder and a deacon? [I Timothy 3].
Elder-Husband of One Wife: What does it mean in the qualifications for elders when it says "husband of one wife"? [I Timothy 3].
Male as Generic Descriptor in Scripture: Does the Bible use "he", the male gender descriptor, in a generic and inclusive way rather than really indicating a male is being discussed?

Deacon Qualifications: My church wants me to fill the role of deacon, but I am hesitant about the qualifications? [I Timothy 3].

Church after the Book of Acts: What happened to the church after the book of Acts? [Matthew 20:26].

Authority to the Popes to the Apostles: Do the popes have the authority of "binding and loosing" that Jesus promised to the apostles? [Matthew 16:19, 18:18, 2 Corinthians 8:23].
Mary & the Saints Perfected in Righteousness: Relative to the Catholic claim that Mary and the saints are prefected in righteousness, are we not already prefected in righteouseness in Christ? [3 John].

Spirit of Condemnation in Church Fellowships: The expectations some pastors and church bodies place on their attendees are very disheartening, how does one handle this? [Deuteronomy 25:4, II Corinthians 6:14, I Timothy 5:18, I Corinthians 9:9, II Corinthians 6:14, Galatians 6:1-10, Matthew 10:6, Hebrews 10:25].

Church Autonomy (church government): Is it unscriptural for a church to remain autonomous? Should churches be accountable to an authority? How does apostolic authority fit in? [Romans 14:5]
Denominations: Why are there so many? Is it a result our inability to unify in Christ?

Church Leadership: What should be done when it may be that the leadership needs discipline, rather than the attendees?

The Church-Organization: What do you think about a home church vs an established church organization? The Narrow Path; Article: What is the Church?, Topical Lecture: Some Assembly Required

Church Government: What is the best form of church polity, elders, overseers, & so on?
Bible Manuscripts: Why are some manuscripts considered so much better than others by some, especially KJV only types?

Church Elders & Leadership: If one has a more unconventional church, without typical business-like structures, how does one exercise church discipline and distribute other responsibilities and duties? [Titus].

Institutional Church: If the institutional church is not important then why does Paul emphasize deacons & elders so much?

Church Organization What is the role of leaders and the general hierarchy of organized church? I know you don't believe in Church Membership. [1 Timothy 3, Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12]

Pastor Neglecting His Duties: My pastor doesn't seem to really be doing his job. He travels a lot, not caring about his parishioner that much.

Filled w/ the Holy Spirit: Should you be filled w/ the Holy Spirit in order to be part of the staff of a church?

Abortion in Numbers 5: Is the passage in Numbers 5 describing an abortion? [Numbers 5:11-31]
Appointing Someone to a Church Position: Should you appoint qualified people when there is an open position in a church organization?

Christianity Influencing Society: How we should approach life as a Christian, changing society and government as believers?

Limiting Sizes of Care Groups at Church: What do you think about church care group size limitations.

Pastor's Role: Pastors, shepherds of churches, can you describe their Biblical role?

Chaplains Suddenly Appearing at Church: Church brings in new attendees that call themselves Chaplains & wear jackets with that title.

Elders being Single: How can you qualify to be a bishop if you aren't married? [Matthew 5:34, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 1 Timothy 3:2, Titus 1:5-9]
Taking Oaths: What do you think about taking oaths?

Church Leadership: A church wants me to become part of the leadership/eldership of the church but wondering if I should because I don't really feel called.

Qualifications for a Deacon 1tim 2:12, qualifications for a deacon; qualifications for deaconess [1 Timothy 3:12-13]

A Professional Worship Leader: Hiring a professional worship leader, is that biblical?

Looking for a church: What kind've church would you look for?
Modern Day Pastors: Was there pastors in the early church like there are today?
Deacon, Overseer, & Pastors: So would pastors, overseer & deacon be the same synonym? [Acts 20:28, 1 Peter 5]

The Institutionalized Church: What would it mean to speak of a church being institutionalized & what would a non-institutionalized church mean?
The "office" of a Bishop: What about the verse of someone desiring the office of a bishop, that they are desiring a good thing? [1 Timothy 3:1]

Church Government: Is your position of how a church should be run is a multitude of elders, no one particular person in charge of making decisions? [Acts 14:23]

Single Pastor Structure: What does Steve about the sole Pastor model of the church structure?

Church Leadership Authority: Pastor sole-run church, elder run church, & you find both examples in the the NT, but which is correct?
Pastor w/ Sole Authority: Caller says church was having problems w/ a pastor where there was a major upheaval.

Apostolic or Church Authority: Caller wants to talk about Apostolic or Church Authority?

Gays in Leadership Positions in Church: Our church is beginning to have no restrictions on gays having leadership roles in our church, & are performing gay marriages.

Holiness & Sanctification Process: Every 5 years members of a church has to go through the process of elders asking them questions about your personal life.

Pastors: Is Steve suggesting that having one Pastor for a church is wrong?

Being Selected as an Elder: What is the proper way to be chosen as an Elder of the church? What about the laying on of hands when you choose people for leadership of the church?
The word "quickly" in Revelation: What about the word, "quickly" on both ends of the book of Revelation?

Technical Difficulties of Broadcast: Follow-up of Technical Issues.
Pastors in the Bible: When you said the other day that there was no "Pastors" in the Bible, I remembered a verse in Ephesians. What about that one? [Ephesians 4:11]

Church Leadership & Being Single: Is it acceptable to be in Church Leadership, & not be married & no children?

Worship Volunteers: Should I have to apply to be a Worship Volunteer & give character references?

Elder & Overseer: Are the qualifications the same for an elder & overseer, & does this list apply to both? [2 Timothy 2:24]

Feminism in Men: There are some people in our church that have come out of the Homosexual lifestyle who still seem to have feminism issues. What should we do about it?
Church Leadership & Church Discipline: How can I get the church leadership to recognize the importance of Church Discipline (Calvary Chapel setting)?

Gene Robinson - a Gay Bishop: How can Gene Robinson be a leader in the Episcopal Church if he's a homosexual? [Romans 1:26-28, 1 Corinthians 6:7-11, Leviticus 18:22]

Servant Leader: A leader of humility, what do you think of the term "Servant Leader"? Or a Servant Leader in Church Leadership verses Gentile or Civil Leadership? [Matthew 20:25-28, 2 Corinthians 1:24]

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