1. Elders

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    from Living Hope Community Church TV / Added

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    When it comes creativity in the average church many would say that it’s a bit stunted however when it comes to creativity of titles and functions of leadership the church has no problem. Even though the NT only speaks of 2 offices of leadership in the local church, elders and deacons, it amazes me the plethora of titles that have been created, and how some people can struggle with local churches partnering with an apostolic team which is obvious in the Scriptures yet see no problem with the monolithic institutions and offices today which aren’t even found Scripture. Throughout the NT as churches were either planted or sprung up as the saints were scattered due to persecution, because apostolic teams are concerned with good health one of the actions was to appoint elders for the churches. There was always a plurality of elders both for good health and for accountability. ‘Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.’ Acts 14v23 Interestingly and importantly, especially for some of us who have come from church background with manmade structures of church government rather than aligned to the New Testament blueprint, there are 3 words for elders in the Bible. Presbuteros – Presbyter/Elder, Poimen – Pastor/Shepherd, Episkopos - Overseer / Bishop. As far as the NT was concerned, there was only one office and these 3 words help us to understand the function of that office. In fact you’ll see the 3 words used in a single verse explaining the function of elders. ‘So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly’ 1 Peter 5v1-2 Whether it’s bishop, pastor, elder, presbyter, overseer it’s all the same thing. What are the core responsibilities of the elders? What are the characteristics of healthy shepherds?

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    • Overseer Sculpting Timelapse - 02 Face

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      Blocking out the face!

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      • Overseer Sculpting Timelapse - 01 Blocking

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        Blocking stage!

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        • Special Speaker Bishop Sam Clements

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          Bishop Clements is the General Overseer of the Church of God of Prophecy. Today he shares with us a message on deliverance.

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          • Who Should Lead and Who Should Not A Study in the Pastoral Epistles; Jacob Prasch

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            When should a leader stop being a leader? When should a minister stop being a minister? When should a pastor stop being a pastor?

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            • Overseer's Remarks

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              Larry Korman, co-CEO of AKA Communities and member of PennDesign's Board of Overseers, greets graduates students, families, and their guests to the University of Pennsylvania School of Design's graduation ceremony May 19, 2014.

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              • 3/9/14 Behaving as God's Household

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                As we continue through the book of 1 Timothy, Pastor Gary helps us understand the qualifications of those who lead the church. Paul gave instructions to those who oversee, serve and support the church.

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                • GGS11t9e Bishop Lists Book Review (re apostolic succession) by Robert Lee Williams, cont.

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                  Full Abstract here, and in my Amazon review ( http://www.amazon.com/Bishop-Lists-Succession-Ecclesiastical-Dissertations/product-reviews/1593331940/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1 ). Gist: Once upon a time, spiritual retard Hegesippus CHOSE who HE DEEMED good Christian teachers, up thru Anicetus. NO ONE tested his choices. Bingo! Apostolic succession, is born! Well, amended, due to politics. Book's link: http://www.gorgiaspress.com/bookshop/p-365-williams-robert-bishop-lists-formation-of-apostolic-succession-of-bishops-in-ecclesiastical-crises.aspx 1. Williams traces origin of 'apostolic succession'. Begins with LEGAL LANGUAGE evidence. What language would a Greek or Roman use? 2. Then checks Bible for that language, finds none. Reviews what's closest, Acts 20, Titus 1, Luke. No apostolic succession; rather, MISSIONARY succession. 3. What about 'tradition'? None, first century. He reviews closest practices in Pauline, Jerusalem, Johannine churches. 4. 'Tradition' first arises in Ignatius, but no apostolic succession language; rather, obeying 'bishops'. 5. But 1Clement argues JEWISH succession to rebelling Corinthians who fire their OWN bishops. Clement is big on Church REPLACING Israel. But Heb 7-10 says, Jewish Succession has squat to do with Church! (Jewish succession based on bloodline, was national.) But hey: Clement makes POLITICAL ploys. Read him online ( http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf01.ii.ii.i.html or read pdf of 'Clement of Rome' http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf01.html). 6. POLITICAL basis for alleged continuity of 'bishops'. Yet bishop lists, don't conform! 7. First list, Hegesippus Memoirs (Chap5), 165+ AD. Only listed via Eusebius, http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/npnf201.iii.ix.xxii.html . Heggy chose who HE DEEMED faithful to Bible. His list is aped by Irenaeus and Epiphanius. No proof of succession, how decided, or if names were offices. List is also based on a garbled idea of Jewish priesthood, or, on Greek 'schools' notions. Not, Bible. Worse, his list of 'schools', is inferred from (anti-semitic) Justin Marytr's 'Dialogue with Trypho', and Jewish Succession in 1 Clement. (Jesus in wrong tribe for priesthood, Heb 8:4. Ooops.) 8. Irenaeus' list next apes Heggy's, now 170's or so. ( http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf01.ix.iv.iv.html ) . Same 1Clement and Greek 'schools' arguments. Why? Oh, gnostic Valentinians' own list, goes back to apostles! Still, list is not of successor apostles, but teachers deemed loyal, per Irenaeus. (One heretic claim vs. another; as Hebrews 7:18ff. says OT priesthood is obsolete!) 9. Julius Africanus' list ( http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf06.v.ii.html ). 217 AD. Peter-1st-pope idea now invented to beat up Origen (now disgraced); first dual list of bishops at Rome, Alexandria, oh! Roman 'church' is better, as suddenly Peter is first bishop in Rome, during CLAUDIUS?! The very years Paul was to be in Rome (Rom 15)?! Peter apostle to JEWS, never Gentiles, never in Rome per end 1Peter. Yet Mark listed as 1st bishop of Alexandria also during Claudius! How precocious. (Alexandria=Egypt. Where Bible never says either Peter or Mark, went.) Political Goal: make Origen look bad, read the book! 10. Hippolytus' list, 230's AD (http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf05.iii.ii.html ). He 'updates' Africanus (borrows also from Irenaeus) to betray Origen, vanquish Callistus, appeal to Severans. So he's exiled and buddy Pantianus martyred, next (during 7-year warning in Paul's meter, Eph 1:9d); Alexander axed, too. (Hippy or Africanus can't count, eschew learning OT. Prefer to refute Greeks, http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf05.iii.iii.i.i.html . So never learn the '6000' any rabbi can explain. Hippy spawns HIGH PRIEST SUPREMACY: http://www.bombaxo.com/hippolytus.html . By his own rule: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf05.iii.iii.vii.viii.html (page btm). For he was anti-semitic, http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf05.iii.iv.ii.ii.html .) 11. Eusebius' list is last, copies all prior. He constructs 'unbroken' timeline from Abraham forward, priests of Israel, Church post-Christ, a la CHURCH REPLACES ISRAEL 'doctrine' in 1 Clement. Not Bible. Eusebius' timeline designed to prove Church is old, not new. To silence pagan critics. Gorgias Press LLC granted me permission to scan this list (pp 146-148) to pdf: http://www.brainout.net/WilliamsBishListsP146-148.pdf . Um.. Christ has ALL keys in Rev 1, talks directly to errant pastors of John's churches, who claim to be apostles but are not, who claim to be Jews but are not, who claim to be conquerors of the people (Nikw-laus), and soon are, Rev 17. HE, never eligible OT priest, Hebrews 7-10. Peter et al. were apostles to Jews; Paul went to Gentiles, to Rome, last appointed apostle. Criterion? SEEING the RISEN CHRIST Who PERSONALLY APPOINTS, 1Cor15:1-10. File Name: 11t9eGGSBishListConcInterim.avi, 6/7/12.

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                  • GGS11t9d Bishop Lists Book Review (re apostolic succession) by Robert Lee Williams, cont.

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                    Excerpted Book Review, continues. Bonus audio from book, linked below. Williams now connects the dots, to show that the Bible has no doctrine of succession, but instead a doctrine of MISSIONS. It is this doctrine that the 'fathers' will distort in order to defeat other Christians in a political grab for power; which Christ warned of, in Revelation 1-3, 17. I read and comment on the video's missing pages 61-62, here: http://www.brainout.net/11t9dGGSBishListAddP61-62.WMA ; next, the video's missing pages 84-85, here: http://www.brainout.net/11t9dGGSBishListAddP84-85.WMA (See also Chapter 8 of 'Diocletian and the Roman Recovery' by Stephen Williams (unrelated to Robert) -- to realize that what became the RCC born under Constantine, adopted its own structure, ceremonials, colors, nomenclature -- from Diocletian, not Bible. So RCC was a POLITICAL institution, never Biblical. For Diocletian's 'diocese', see Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome, by Adkins and Adkins, pages 112 et seq.) BOOK THEME: development of 'apostolic succession' vs. Bible and history, from Christ to Constantine. BOOK THESIS: 'apostolic succession' grew from political needs, not Bible. Bible's doctrine on MISSIONS was hijacked (by mistake or on purpose) to haphazardly craft the idea of apostolic succession, in the 2nd century. Williams presents this thesis sympathetically, blaming no one. (I say 'hijacked', not him. It's obvious hijacking was merely opportunistic.) Book's link: http://www.gorgiaspress.com/bookshop/p-365-williams-robert-bishop-lists-formation-of-apostolic-succession-of-bishops-in-ecclesiastical-crises.aspx After page 86 (limit you can read in Google, here: http://books.google.com/books?id=LLW6qVX3DRoC&pg=PR9&q&f=false ), Dr. Williams gets into how Bible's Doctrine of Missions morphed, via polemics against other Christians. They created four 'bishop lists' during this process; Eusebius amended these lists into a 5th, to claim ecclesiastical hierarchy. Gorgias Press LLC granted me express email permission to scan Eusebius' list from the book (pages 146-148) and upload the scan: http://www.brainout.net/WilliamsBishListsP146-148.pdf Here's my Church Father Hall of Shame section, read their own words (underlined links): http://www.brainout.net/Ephesians1REPARSED.htm#HallofShame . The original doc is better formatted, else the same, http://www.brainout.net/Ephesians1REPARSED.doc Sample shame, Hegesippus (not listed in Eph1REPARSED). Which is more shameful, the guy's own LYING about James and others, or our insipid praise of what he says? You decide, here's the link: http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/text/hegesippus.html . File Name: BishList10-12.avi, 6/5/12.

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                    • GGS11t9c Bishop Lists book review (re apostolic succession) by Robert Lee Williams, cont.

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                      Excerpted Book Review, continues. This video focuses on how 2nd-century 'fathers' began to use an argument of continuity, to beat up other Christians. To do this, they twist the doctrine of MISSIONS in the Bible. Per Bible, the 'apostle' office was to SET UP churches, TEACH their new pastors the doctrines, and when those churches were established, the 'apostle' would move on; his authority, TERMINATES. It was never a permanent hierarchy over established churches. We begin to see Williams show all that, in this video. BOOK THEME: development of 'apostolic succession' vs. Bible and history, from Christ to Constantine. BOOK THESIS: 'apostolic succession' grew from political needs, not Bible. Bible's doctrine on MISSIONS was hijacked (by mistake or on purpose) to haphazardly craft the idea of apostolic succession, in the 2nd century. Williams presents this thesis sympathetically, blaming no one. (I say 'hijacked', not him. It's obvious that hijacking was merely opportunistic.) Book's link: http://www.gorgiaspress.com/bookshop/p-365-williams-robert-bishop-lists-formation-of-apostolic-succession-of-bishops-in-ecclesiastical-crises.aspx Videos excerpt and comment on what this guy says, but I could only access up to page 86 or so in Google ( http://books.google.com/books?id=LLW6qVX3DRoC&pg=PR9&q&f=false ) . Gorgias Press LLC granted me express email permission to scan pages 146-148 of the book so you can see the Bishop List of Eusebius, link here: http://www.brainout.net/WilliamsBishListsP146-148.pdf . (Dr. Williams' format is easier than reading all of Eusebius and deriving the list, yourself.) Book is a revision of Dr. Williams' dissertation. It's a gripping read, not like your typical snoozy dissertation which after all, only proves you properly do homework and synthesize. Book's salient feature, is its PROCESS of analysis, which can be extrapolated into any topic. So it's worth reading over and over. Backstory: I found this book by mistake, when vetting my own videos for 11t (and soon 11u) GGS, to see if I misrepresented facts, etc. Meanwhile, you can read it yourself, up to the limit allowed in Google. Then you too, will want to buy it. It doesn't come in Kindle form. Yet. Here's my Church Father Hall of Shame section, so you can read the Church Fathers' own words, for yourself (underlined words): http://www.brainout.net/Ephesians1REPARSED.htm#HallofShame . The original Word doc is better formatted, else the same, http://www.brainout.net/Ephesians1REPARSED.doc Sample shame, Hegesippus (not listed in Eph1REPARSED). Which is more shameful, the guy's own LYING about James and others, or our insipid praise of what he says? You decide, here's the link: http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/text/hegesippus.html . File Name: BishList8-9.avi, 6/5/12.

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