When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you,
And this they did, sending it in charge of Barnabas and Saul to the elders.
And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called to him the elders of the church.
Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;
And He appointed twelve, so that they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach,
And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, Having said this, He breathed His last. into Your hands I commit My spirit.”
beginning with the baptism of John until the day that He was taken up from us—one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.”
Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was there, prophets and teachers: Barnabas, and Simeon who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
From there they sailed to Antioch, from which they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had accomplished.
When they arrived at Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all that God had done with them.
The apostles and the elders came together to look into this matter.
sent this letter by them, “
The apostles and the brethren who are elders, to the brethren in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia who are from the Gentiles, greetings.
and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you;
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace,
Do not sharply rebuke an older man, but rather appeal to him as a father, to the younger men as brothers,
The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.
Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily and thereby share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin.
For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.
The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed,
After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
The elder to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in truth; and not only I, but also all who know the truth,
The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.