shall be saved ro! sinul da!nation unto eternal spiritual lie o divineri#hteousness by *od,s #race and po-er /oh 0'01; 2'03405; 16'20; Act 06'32; Ro!06'78.
Therefore a &hristian is anyone who is saved through faith in &hrist inaccordance with
, with active
in the +ew &ovenantfellowship of the (ody of &hrist, which is the &hurch -ct :!"; 10ohn 1:!2.True &hristians have
to live a life of
to 0esus&hrist as Lord and 3aviour. They are not only
claim to be &hristians2 but arealso
participate in the &hurch2 and
dedicated to &hrist2. To be
from damnation into the 4ingdom of &hrist, implies that one is
to &hrist -ct !:15; 16:!1; 7:1; 6:172. 8evoted &hristiansreali9e that they are not only in
with the &hurch but also on
to reachout to the world with the ospel at :17; Lu% ":"6"2.''(ac% To T)&**
$O !S AN ELDER%
<very father is the <lder of his family by his
. <very leader is an <lder in thecommunity by his/her
. =rom primeval times, in patriarchal societies, people
<lders by being the
=ather or by being the succeeding
son of theoldest father in the family or community > primogeniture principles. Later in the larger mixed society, one was
of <ldership andLeadership not only
of life e.g. aged =ather and evenaged other2, but also
because of other
<xd 1:1; 8eut 1:1!1; -cts 6:!2 such as:1.
i.e. in wisdom and understanding, in prudence and discretion, indiscernment and awareness2.
e.g. people of honour, integrity and courtesy, intellectuals, s%illedexperts, successful entrepreneurs, activists for good causes, patriotic warlords,champions, achievers, etc2;!.
e.g. officers, ?udges, rulers, spo%esmen, popularly elected/acclaimedleaders, etc2; and ".
e.g. priests, prophets, ordained/consecrated spiritual ministers,spiritually vast adepts, etc2.
are therefore people of spiritual and/or temporal influence, maturity, dignity,e@uity and authority in any social or religious community.
*lders are usually 'ast inand custodians of the history& beliefs& tenets and 'alues of their respecti'ecommunities.
They readily give
for common good of their community whether in the &hurch or in the society.''(ac% To T)&**
$O !S A CR!ST!AN ELDER%
Ae are now clear about whom a &hristian or an <lder is. -
is thereforeone who meets both criteria mentioned above for both the &hristian and the <lder.