The Biblical, Normal, or Ideal Framework of the Task of Shepherding and Oversight
1. The biblical terms used for the office and task of oversight are synonymous and interchangeable.
Titus 1:5, Titus 1:7
2. The presence and function of biblically qualified overseers is a matter essential to the well-being of the church.
1 Tim. 3:14-15 with 1 Tim. 3:1
Douglas Bannerman, Scripture Doctrine of the Church, (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1887), pp. 530 -533.
II. The major thesis – The normal biblical framework for the administration of the task of oversight is that of a plurality of scripturally qualified overseers, functioning with genuine parity but with realistic, harmonious, functional diversity.
1. The evidence for a plurality of overseers as the norm
a. The record of apostolic practice
b. The description of Apostolic churches
c. The assumption of apostolic injunctions
1 Thes. 5:12
Heb. 13:7, Heb. 13:17
1 Pet. 5:1-2
John Murray, Collected Writings of John Murray, vol. 2, (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1977), pp. 345-346.
2. The evidence for a biblical standard of qualification
1 Tim. 3:1-7
1 Pet. 5:1-4
John Owen, The Works of John Owen, vol. 15., (London: Banner of Truth Trust, 1966), pp. 493-496.