Letters From a Pastor

1 Timothy 3 - Called to Leadership

September 25, 2022

A CALL TO MATURITY

We discourage mediocrity in almost all ares of life, yet we readily accept being lukewarm in our faith. We are called to desire maturity in gospel growth.

Hebrews 5:12–14

… by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

ELDERS 

Elders are men whom God calls to lead and care for the church. They must be mature “sheep” who follow Jesus, and function as “shepherds” over others.

THE REFLECTION OF A MAN’S FAITH IS HIS FAMILY

Men need to lovingly lead their wives and kids to Jesus before presuming to lead others. If the home is not right, a man has no business in ministry.

DEACONS 

Deacons are the servant-leaders in the church. Caring for people, and managing the church ministries and facilities, freeing up the elders to be shepherds.

Ephesians 3:6

This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. 

Romans 16:1–2 

I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints…

Titus 2:2 [MATURITY IN MEN]

Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 

Titus 2:3-5 [MATURITY IN WOMEN]

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good …

Titus 2:3-5 [MATURITY IN YOUNG WOMEN]

… and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. 

Titus 2:6-7 [MATURITY IN YOUNG MEN]

Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, 

Revelation 3:15–16 [Jesus speaking…]

“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”

ELDERS & DEACONS

Apart from Elders being “able to teach” the requirements for church leadership are the expectations on every believer. So why don’t we live like this?