Looking at the teaching of scripture and the reformed Confessions, this article defines the nature of the office of the elder. The author concludes that the nature of this office is that of rule. Elders are called to rule Christ's church on His behalf. The author closes the article by giving reasons why God instituted such an office for His church.
Anyone who is called to be a deacon must also possess the desire to fulfill this office. In this article the author shows that with the desire to be a deacon comes the responsibility to examine oneself to see if one is qualified according to the biblical standard. These standards encompass how the man treats his wife and children and how he is involved in the church prior to entering into the office of deacon.
Anyone who is called to be a deacon must also possess the desire to fulfill this task. At the same time, one must be able to distinguish between right and wrong motivations behind this desire, and the way in which the desire is expressed. Having a desire for the office of deacon does not guarantee the call, but is necessary for it.
The Bible clearly puts a limit on the teaching role of a woman. However, the author of this article distinguishes between the general and special teaching offices. This article shows that Scripture does not forbid women from teaching; however, it should not be at the expense of compromising the limits of Scripture. In addition, the woman must be submissive to the elders, and should not teach based on the false notion of the oppression of women.