“An under-shepherd in the Presence of our Enemies…!”

We continue putting the pastor under God’s microscope. With great privilege comes great responsibility. This is why there are many qualifications for putting the right man in the right location. This can only be done by God for His purposes. This is why churches who want God to “build His church” (Matt. 16:18) should use God’s methods and prayer to allow God to show them His choice for the under-shepherd not human qualifications or personality.

Verse 7

“Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.”

Manages – oikonomos – manager, superintendent, proprietor (1 Cor. 4:1-2)

Blameless – anegklētos – no proven accusation, unreproveable (Col. 1:22)

Overbearing – authadēs – self-pleasing/willed, arrogant (2 Pet. 2:10)

Angry – orgilos – hot tempered, easily provoked (Prov. 29:22)

Drunkeness – paroinos – out of control drunk (1 Tim. 3:3)

Violent – plēktēs – quarrelsome, combative, cause arguments (Rom. 2:8-9)

Dishonest Gain – aischrokerdēs – greedy for money (Eccl. 5:10)

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Verse 8

“Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined”

Hospitable – philoxenos – generous to guests (1 Pet. 4:9)

Good – philagathos – promoter of virtue (Prov. 10:12)

Sober – sōphrōn – sound mind, curbing self-desires/impulses (1 Cor. 9:27)

Just – sōphrōn – observing divine laws, conformed to God’s will (Heb. 10:38)

Holy – hosios – undefiled by sin, pious (1 Tim. 2:8)

Temperate – egkratēs – power over self, restrained impulses (Prov. 26:32)

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Verse 9

“He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.”

Hold Fast – antechō – endure, withstand (1 Thess. 5:14)

Faithful – pistos – trustworthy, reliable (1 Cor. 4:2)

Word – logos – revelation, declaration, explanation (2 Cor. 4:2)

Taught – didachē – doctrine, instruction (1 Cor. 14:26)

Sound – hygiainō – free from error, good for spiritual health (2 Tim. 4:3)

Doctrine – didaskalia – instruction, precepts (2 Tim. 3:16)

Exhort – parakaleō – entreat, comfort, beg, console (Heb. 10:25)

Convince – elegchō – expose, correct, chide, demand explanation (1 Tim. 5:20)

Gainsayers – antilegō – contradicts, opposes, refuses instruction (Rom. 10:21)

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“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction…But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” (2 Tim. 4:2, 5)

We continue putting the pastor under God’s microscope. With great privilege comes great responsibility. This is why there are many qualifications for putting the right man in the right location. This can only be done by God for His purposes. This is why churches who want God to “build His church” (Matt. 16:18) should use God’s methods and prayer to allow God to show them His choice for the under-shepherd not human qualifications or personality.

Verse 7

Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.”

Manages – oikonomos – manager, superintendent, proprietor (1 Cor. 4:1-2)

Blameless – anegklētos – no proven accusation, unreproveable (Col. 1:22)

Overbearing – authadēs – self-pleasing/willed, arrogant (2 Pet. 2:10)

Angry – orgilos – hot tempered, easily provoked (Prov. 29:22)

Drunkeness – paroinos – out of control drunk (1 Tim. 3:3)

Violent – plēktēs – quarrelsome, combative, cause arguments (Rom. 2:8-9)

Dishonest Gain – aischrokerdēs – greedy for money (Eccl. 5:10)

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Verse 8

Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined

Hospitable – philoxenos – generous to guests (1 Pet. 4:9)

Good – philagathos – promoter of virtue (Prov. 10:12)

Sober – sōphrōn – sound mind, curbing self-desires/impulses (1 Cor. 9:27)

Just – sōphrōn – observing divine laws, conformed to God’s will (Heb. 10:38)

Holy – hosios – undefiled by sin, pious (1 Tim. 2:8)

Temperate – egkratēs – power over self, restrained impulses (Prov. 26:32)

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Verse 9

He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.”

Hold Fast – antechō – endure, withstand (1 Thess. 5:14)

Faithful – pistos – trustworthy, reliable (1 Cor. 4:2)

Word – logos – revelation, declaration, explanation (2 Cor. 4:2)

Taught – didachē – doctrine, instruction (1 Cor. 14:26)

Sound – hygiainō – free from error, good for spiritual health (2 Tim. 4:3)

Doctrine – didaskalia – instruction, precepts (2 Tim. 3:16)

Exhort – parakaleō – entreat, comfort, beg, console (Heb. 10:25)

Convince – elegchō – expose, correct, chide, demand explanation (1 Tim. 5:20)

Gainsayers – antilegō – contradicts, opposes, refuses instruction (Rom. 10:21)

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Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction…But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” (2 Tim. 4:2, 5)

 

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Verses for an under-shepherd in the Presence of our Enemies

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Matthew 16:18

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

1 Corinthians 4:1-2

This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

Colossians 1:22

But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation

2 Peter 2:10

This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, they are not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings

Proverbs 29:22

An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.

1 Timothy 3:3

not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.

Romans 2:8-9

But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile

Ecclesiastes 5:10

Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.

1 Peter 4:9

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

Proverbs 10:12

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.

1 Corinthians 9:27

No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Hebrews 10:38

And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”

1 Timothy 2:8

Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.

1 Thessalonians 5:14

And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

1 Corinthians 4:2

Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

“A Servant in the Presence of our Enemies…!”

Our world is changing and the Church needs to keep up. One area enemies focus on is leadership. What do family, friends, neighbors, or strangers say when you say “pastor”? What comes to your mind when you hear the word pastor? Paul is going to give Titus the “standard” expected by God for these leaders…You can expect these qualities in your leaders as well!
Verse 5
“The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.”
Cause – charin – Specific purpose, priority (Eph. 3:14)
Left – kataleipō – under orders (1 Thess. 3:1)
Set in Order – epidiorthoō – straighten out, bring back into right standing (Isa. 58:12)
Wanting – leipō – destitute, failing, inferior (Jas. 1:4)

Ordain – kathistēmi – appoint, place over, administer (Matt. 25:21)

Elders – presbyteros – leaders (Church), managers, administer justice (Acts 14:23)

Appointed – diatassō – arrange, prescribe (1 Cor. 7:17)

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Verse 6

“An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.”

Blameless – anegklētos – no proven accusation, (1 Tim. 3:10)

Husband – anēr – man, male adult (never used of the female sex)(1 Tim. 3:2)

Wife – gynē – general term for betrothed/married woman (1 Tim. 3:11)

Faithful – pistos – trustworthy, reliable (1 Tim. 4:12)

Accused – katēgoria – charged, confirmation of wrong doing (1 Pet. 3:16)

Riot – asōtia – no restraint, debauchery, reckless (1 Pet. 4:4)

Unruly – anypotaktos – uncontrollable, disobedient (1 Tim. 1:9)

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I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day;

I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.

The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear,

Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear;

And the best of all preachers are the men who live their creeds,

For to see good put in action is what everybody needs.

I soon can learn to do it if you’ll let me see it done;

I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.

And the lecture you deliver may be very wise and true,

But I’d rather get my lessons by observing what you do;

For I might misunderstand you and the high advice you give,
But there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.

Our world is changing and the Church needs to keep up. One area enemies focus on is leadership. What do family, friends, neighbors, or strangers say when you say “pastor”? What comes to your mind when you hear the word pastor? Paul is going to give Titus the “standard” expected by God for these leaders…You can expect these qualities in your leaders as well!

Verse 5

The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.”

Cause – charin – Specific purpose, priority (Eph. 3:14)

Left – kataleipō – under orders (1 Thess. 3:1)

Set in Order – epidiorthoō – straighten out, bring back into right standing (Isa. 58:12)

Wanting – leipō – destitute, failing, inferior (Jas. 1:4)

Ordain – kathistēmi – appoint, place over, administer (Matt. 25:21)

Elders – presbyteros – leaders (Church), managers, administer justice (Acts 14:23)

Appointed – diatassō – arrange, prescribe (1 Cor. 7:17)

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Verse 6

An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.”

Blameless – anegklētos – no proven accusation, (1 Tim. 3:10)

Husband – anēr – man, male adult (never used of the female sex)(1 Tim. 3:2)

Wife – gynē – general term for betrothed/married woman (1 Tim. 3:11)

Faithful – pistos – trustworthy, reliable (1 Tim. 4:12)

Accused – katēgoria – charged, confirmation of wrong doing (1 Pet. 3:16)

Riot – asōtia – no restraint, debauchery, reckless (1 Pet. 4:4)

Unruly – anypotaktos – uncontrollable, disobedient (1 Tim. 1:9)

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I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day;

I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.

The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear,

Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear;

And the best of all preachers are the men who live their creeds,

For to see good put in action is what everybody needs.

I soon can learn to do it if you’ll let me see it done;

I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.

And the lecture you deliver may be very wise and true,

But I’d rather get my lessons by observing what you do;

For I might misunderstand you and the high advice you give,

But there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.

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Verses for A Servant in the Presence of our Enemies

Titus 1:5-6

The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.

Ephesians 3:14

For this reason I kneel before the Father…

1 Thessalonians 3:1

So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens.

Isaiah 58:12

Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

James 1:4

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Matthew 25:21

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Acts 14:23

Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.

1 Corinthians 7:17

Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches.

1 Timothy 3:10

They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve

1 Timothy 3:2

Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

Timothy 3:11

In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything

1 Timothy 4:12

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

1 Peter 3:16

keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

1 Peter 4:4

They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you.

1 Timothy 1:9

We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,

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“A Banquet in front of our Enemies…!”

Have you ever had the meal interrupted with something unpleasant? How difficult was it to start enjoying the meal again?! Imagine how God responds when we interrupt our banquet with Him to focus on enemies He forced to witness His provision to us…! Look at what is on the table…

Verse 2

“in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time”

Hope – elpis – joyful and confident expectation (Rom. 12:12)

Lie – apseudēs – without concept of a lie, truthful (Num. 23:19)

Promised – epaggellomai – announcement, engage voluntarily, has skill to assure the action (Heb. 6:13)

Before – pro – in front of, priority to (Eph. 1:4)

Began – chronos – measured time (Gal. 4:4)

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Verse 3

“and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior”

Have you ever had the meal interrupted with something unpleasant? How difficult was it to start enjoying the meal again?! Imagine how God responds when we interrupt our banquet with Him to focus on enemies He forced to witness His provision to us…! Look at what is on the table…

Verse 2

in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time

Hope – elpisjoyful and confident expectation (Rom. 12:12)

Lie – apseudēswithout concept of a lie, truthful (Num. 23:19)

Promised – epaggellomai – announcement, engage voluntarily, has skill to assure the action (Heb. 6:13)

Before – pro – in front of, priority to (Eph. 1:4)

Began – chronos – measured time (Gal. 4:4)

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Verse 3

and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior

Appointed – idios – pertaining to self, private, personal (Jn. 13:1)

Time – kairos – fixed, definite, decisive event, season (Rom. 5:6)

Manifest – phaneroō – make visible (not discovered), realize (taught), recognize (2 Cor. 4:10)

Word – logos – revelation, declaration, explanation (Heb. 4:12)

Preaching – kērygmaproclamation by herald or public crier (1 Cor. 1:21)

Committed – pisteuō – persuade, entrust, conviction (1 Thess. 2:4)

Command – epitagēinjunction, mandate, decree (Rom. 16:26)

God – theosthe Godhead, Trinity (Matt. 5:8)

Savior – sōtēr – Deliverer, Preserver (Jude 1:25)

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Verse 4

To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.”

Titus – Titos – “Nurse” gift of healing(?) physical, mental, spiritual (2 Cor. 7:6)

True – gnēsioslegitimate, genuine, sincere (Phil. 4:3)

Faith – pistisconviction of the truth, trust and holy fervour (Matt. 8:10)(same as v.1)

Grace – charis – joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness, good will, favor (Rom. 12:6)

Peace – eirēnē – harmony, security, safety, prosperity, tranquility (Jn. 14:27)

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You (continue to) prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows…!” (Ps. 23:5)

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Verses for A Banquet in front of our Enemies

 

Titus 1:2-4

In the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior, To Titus, my true son in our common faith:

Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

Romans 12:12

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Numbers 23:19

God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

Hebrews 6:13

When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself,

Ephesians 1:4

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love

Galatians 4:4

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,

John 13:1

It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

Romans 5:6

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.

2 Corinthians 4:10

We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

Hebrews 4:1

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

1 Corinthians 1:21

For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

1 Thessalonians 2:4

On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.

Romans 16:26

but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith

Matthew 5:8

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Jude 1:25

to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

2 Corinthians 7:6

But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus

Philippians 4:3

Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Matthew 8:10

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.

Romans 12:6

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

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