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40 Questions about Elders and Deacons (40 Questions Series)

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Benjamin Merkle’s question-and-answer volume tackles the major questions that pastors, church leaders, and students ask about church government. Merkle clearly analyzes key passages, succinctly answers common questions, and provides questions for group discussion. The format makes it easy for readers to quickly find the answers to their most pertinent questions.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

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  • Equips pastors to answer common questions about the Bible and theology
  • Provides concise, biblical, explanations of church government, and reading the Bible
  • Presents issues in a readable question-and-answer format

Top Highlights

“The primary role of the elders/overseers was ruling and preaching/teaching (Acts 20:28; 1 Tim. 3:2, 4–5; 5:17; Titus 1:9; 1 Peter 5:2–3), whereas the deacons were involved with other ministries (such as benevolence), which allowed the elders/overseers to focus on their primary calling.” (Page 55)

“It is the elders of the church who are needed not only ‘to give instruction in sound doctrine’ but also ‘to rebuke those who contradict it’” (Page 23)

“The basis of this democratic style of governance is based on the doctrine of the priesthood of all believers” (Page 28)

“The main difference between an elder and a deacon is a difference of gifts and calling, not character.” (Page 233)

“The elder is called to be (1) a leader, (2) a shepherd, (3) a teacher, and (4) an equipper.” (Page 89)

  • Title: 40 Questions about Elders and Deacons
  • Author: Benjamin L. Merkle
  • Series: 40 Questions Series
  • Publisher: Kregel
  • Print Publication Date: 2008
  • Logos Release Date: 2015
  • Pages: 271
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Elders (Church officers) › Miscellanea; Deacons › Miscellanea
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2023-10-10T17:43:22Z

Benjamin L. Merkle (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Dr. M. O. Owens Jr. Chair of New Testament Studies and professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of more than 40 books, including Greek for Life, Exegetical Gems from Biblical Greek, Linguistics and New Testament Greek, Beginning with New Testament Greek, and Going Deeper with New Testament Greek. He is also the editor of Southeastern Theological Review.


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