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Kingdom Elders


“The elders who are among you I exhort,

I who am a fellow elder,” 1 Peter 5’1.

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“The elder, to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth,” 3 John 1.

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"... appoint elders in every city ..." Titus 1'5.

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"... let him call for the elders of the assembly,

and let them pray over him,

anointing him with oil

in the name of the Lord,” James 5’14.


Kingdom Eldership first came into focus during the Disciples' 10 days of waiting for "the promise of the Father" prior to the Day of Pentecost.

The Apostles were either told by the Lord, or came to realise by the Spirit, that they were to be Elders among the Disciples because:

"... in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples

(altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty) and said,

'Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled,

which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas,

who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus;

for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry'".

"... it is written in the book of Psalms … ‘Let another take his oversight’,” Acts 1’15-17,20.

Peter goes on to say that the one to fulfill the scripture would have to be from among the "men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us".

Peter's use of the words "ministry" and "oversight" reveal what further qualifications would be needed:

“ministry” (v17), from the Greek word “diakonia” meaning "service" or "to serve" and

“oversight” (v20), from the Greek word “episcope”  meaning "overseer" or "overseeing".

Ministry and oversight are at the heart of eldership. An overseer who would serve Christ's People was needed but more importantly, he would have to have a servant's heart.

As the result of everyone casting their lots Matthias was the one chosen (Acts 1’20-26).

Being with the 12 throughout he would be aware that the ministry Peter referred to (v17) was in imitating Jesus by honouring the Father as He did.

Therefore it was paramount that all of them had been with Jesus from the day John declared: "Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world," John 1'29. 

As the first Kingdom Elders these 12 apostles were appointed to lead the way in “preaching the Kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ,” Acts 28'31.