Posts Tagged ‘Church leadership’

Titus 1:5-16 A Job To Do

Titus had to seek godly men.

Paul explains the reason behind leaving Titus in Crete. He had a job for him to do in the church. One that needed prolonged attention.

Titus was to “appoint elders in every town as I directed you” (verse 5). I’m going to assume that Paul gave him some of these directions before leaving him but he felt it important to write them in a letter too. Was this so Titus would have written instructions to offer up to anyone who questioned his choices? In our day of “sue happy” people I would think this prudent. Read more »

1 Timothy 5:1-25 A Duty of Care

Hands that have seen a lifetime can still contribute to Jesus’ body.

Paul gives Timothy instructions for the church. He focuses on widows. He also touches on leadership. His final words in our reading, for today, focuses on Timothy personally.

I want to skip to the end in looking at our reading. Paul impresses the seriousness of his instructions to Timothy. “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality” (verse 21).

Being the leader of this group was a BIG responsibility. I’m wondering if Timothy’s stomach trouble was due to stress. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to learn that was the source of most of his illnesses. I’m also thinking that Paul’s signaling out these two issues in the church was probably because these were some of Timothy’s biggest stressors. Read more »

1 Timothy 3:14-16 The Church Lives

A body not made with hands but living and alive.

Paul states his purpose, in no uncertain terms, behind writing this letter to Timothy. He wants to make sure there is order in the church, even if he can’t be there to establish it himself.

Paul trusted Timothy. He personally sent him to this body of believers to watch over them and set them straight. He commissioned Timothy to deal with the false teachers and instructed him on how to identify appropriate leaders. Now he makes sure that Timothy realizes the trust that he has put in him.

If Paul can’t come in person, Timothy has all he needs to carry on the work the Holy Spirit started in Ephesus. And this work is important.

Moses received instructions from God concerning worship, sacrifices, offerings, and all matters concerning the temple. Leadership depended on lineage. God is orderly and He expected order from His people. Read more »

1 Timothy 3:8-13 Deacon’s Characteristics

I like this model. Any without Jesus as THE HEAD are worthless.

Character counts! In our reading today Paul outlines the character required of a deacon serving in the body. Many of the characteristics overlap or are the same for the overseer. In short, Godly minded and faith lived out men of God.

My bible helps points out that the one main difference in deacons and overseers is the ability to teach. Deacons are apparently not called on to be teachers. They are church servants, or servants of the body. Overseers are also servants of the body but also the one who instructs the people in doctrine and faith.

I like Paul’s instructions to let them “be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless” (verse 10). As I stated earlier, character counts. A person wishing to serve the church as a deacon should be one whose character speaks loud and clear for a life lived for Him. Read more »

1 Timothy 3:1-7 Overseers’ Job Qualifications

Godly leaders needed! Do you fit His pattern?

Paul is beginning to outline the job qualifications for the different offices in the new body. These are personal characteristics required of a person before he steps into this role. Today’s reading focuses on the role of overseer.

My bible helps tell me that synonymous words for “overseer” are pastor, shepherd and elder. I thought maybe this was the case but I had to check it out to be sure. This was the role Timothy was currently occupying in the church in Ephesus. Paul shares that this is a noble office to aspire to. Read more »