In the post, Andy examines a common, modern (and perhaps even old) hermeneutic: assigning functions and characteristics of apostles in Scripture to elders/pastors today?
Is this is a valid way to interpret Scripture?
Perhaps, then, we are wrong in assuming Apostolic functions are transferred to pastors and elders. What would happen if, when reading of the appointing of servants to wait on tables in Acts 6, we assumed that role was passed to pastor/elders. Bartlett writes, â€œIt may also be that the responsibilities assigned to the seven in Acts 6 here have passed on to the elders as wellâ€ (Bartlett, Ministry, 133). And Tidball concludes, â€œThere seems great wisdom in the growing consensus that rather than occupying an office, elders were simply those older men [hence the word “elder”] in the congregation who were respected and recognized for their experience and wisdomâ€ (Tidball, 94).
So, Andy thinks there is a difference between apostles and elders/pastors. I agree. What do you think?