Boots on the Ground: The Calling of Elders - Part VIII - Protect the Flock
March 23, 2014 Series: Biblical Leadership: God's Order For His Church
Passage: Acts 20:29–20:38
BOOTS ON THE GROUND:
The Calling of Elders – Part 8
PROTECT THE FLOCK
I. THE PROFILE OF A WOLF (Acts 20:29-30).
A. FIVE CHARACTERISTICS OF A WOLF
1. Wolves are _____________________ (v. 29).
2. Wolves are _____________________ (vv. 29-30).
“After my departure”
“Come in among you”
“From among your own selves will arise men”
3. Wolves are ______________________ (v. 29).
4. Wolves are doctrinal _________________ (v. 30).
5. Wolves are spiritual __________________ (v. 30).
II. THE PLAN TO PROTECT THE SHEEP (Acts 20:31-38).
A. ELDERS PROTECT THE SHEEP BY ____________ ________________ (v. 31).
- “Be alert”
Practical Instruction for Standing Guard:
1. A ministry of _____________________ (v. 31).
2. A ministry of _____________________ (v. 32).
3. A ministry of _________________ (v. 35).
4. A ___________________ ministry – grounded in prayer (vv. 36-38).
The Calling of Elders: Protect the Flock - Part 8
1. Read 2 Timothy 3:1-9. How is this kind of godlessness expressed in our culture?
2. Does the list in 2 Timothy 3 help you understand the importance of the elder’s responsibility to protect the flock? Explain.
3. Why is it important to understand the profile of a wolf? What are the characteristics of wolves that emerge in Acts 20:29-30?
4. Have you ever had to deal with a wolf? How did your respond?
5. What is the primary imperative that elders need to embrace in this passage (See v. 31)?
6. What are the four points of practical instructions for elders; points that help them obey the imperative in verse 31?
7. How would you respond to an elder who warned you to steer clear of a dangerous situation? What does your answer reveal about your character?
8. How can you pray for your elders in light of their responsibility to feed, lead, and protect the flock? Take time to pray for your leaders.
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