In his gracious and merciful providence, God has designed for there to be order in his church through recognized leaders. These leaders are to have specific life-qualities. The elder is to have his house in order. His life is to be further characterized by qualities of life which reflect a sound understanding and practice of the Gospel. These things must be in place so that he can carry out the function of a biblical leader. There is great benefit for the church member who, in obedience to God, lives under the leadership of those he has raised up to lead, feed and protect his church.