Lecture 6, The Bishop:
Although the understanding of the office of bishop eventually became perverted and corrupted in the ancient church, the office as defined in Scripture possesses biblical support and apostolic precedent. The church needs leaders, but these leaders, like Christ before them, must serve with wisdom and humility. Sadly, the promise of power and improper hierarchical thinking swayed the early church into an improper perspective on this position, but this should not demean or change the necessity of the office of overseers. Theirs is a high calling, and it is their responsibility to lead God’s people in righteousness, through times of trial and times of plenty.