What is an elder? In the New Testament church, the church we read about in the Bible, elders were appointed in every congregation (Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5). Elders were, and are, appointed in a plurality within the local congregation; there can never be only one (Acts 14:23; 20:7). Elders are to provide the oversight and leadership of the church at a particular location and are to “feed” the flock (the members) through teaching, instruction, example, etc. (1Peter 5:1-3).Elders, likewise, have the responsibility of guarding and protecting the flock from false teachers (Acts 20:28-30;Hebrews 13:17). Elders are sometimes referred to as bishops(1 Timothy 3:1), overseers (Acts 20:28), pastors or shepherds (Ephesians 4:11; Acts 20:28). and of course, elders (1 Timothy 5:17). Qualifications of elders are listed in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.
We believe that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, that He died on the cross and rose again on the third day and in Him resides all authority. We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God and we are dedicated to teaching its principles without addition or deletion (Revelation 22:18-19 and Acts 20:27).We believe that there is a pattern in the New Testament that we are to follow (Philippians 3:17). In our worship services we strive to conform to the New Testament pattern. We believe that the church is pre-denominational and that the concept of denominationalism cannot stand the light of God’s word. Just as there is one God, one Lord, one faith and one baptism (Ephesians 4:4-6) there is one body or church.
We are privileged to serve the church that meets here at East Side. Our goal is for everyone to be together in heaven one day. We desire to work with our fellow Christians here to accomplish that goal.