1 Timothy 5:17
“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.”
This verse teaches us how we ought to regard the elders, the officers of the church. The elders are ordained by God to oversee or supervise the church. Acts 20:28 reminds the elders to “take heed… to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers…” As overseers of the church, the elders must rule the church according to God’s Word. That is why, in our memory verse taken from 1 Timothy 5:17, we find the expression, “the elders that rule well”.
By the way, do you know that the New Testament uses the Greek word presbuteroi (πρεσβύτεροι) for elders? And do you know the reason why our church’s name has the word “Presbyterian”? It is to indicate that we are a church ruled by elders whom God has appointed. Generally, all elders are responsible for taking care of the administrative matters of the church. But there are some elders whom God appoints to rule and to teach God’s Word. These elders, as our memory verse says, “labour in the word and doctrine”. They study the Word of God and faithfully teach us the truths of God’s Word. Such spiritually gifted men whom God has enabled to be elders who rule and teach are called “pastors”.
God wants us to count our pastors and elders, who carry out their duties faithfully and fervently, to be “worthy of double honour”. They are deserving of the respect, submission and esteem of all the people of the church. So, make sure that you are courteous towards your elders, and obey their faithful, biblical counsels.