“A Hireling sent from our Enemies…!”

The church who desires for God to he the Shepherd (Jn. 10:11) is blessed by God with a specifically chosen under-shepherd sent to nurture (edify) and protect His sheep. Unfortunately, in the absence of a called, chosen, under-shepherd, the sheep settle for hiring someone that looks like an under-shepherd but doesn’t act like one. How can we identify a hireling…?! God identifies them as those that contradicts, opposes, and refuses instruction and doctrine while convincing others to follow them in opposition to the under-shepherd (Acts 13:45)

Verse 10
“For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group.”
Unruly – anypotaktos – no control, disobedient, not subject to authority (Heb. 2:8)
Vain Talkers – mataiologos – idle talker, empty senseless things (2 Tim. 2:23)
Deceivers – phrenapatēs – mind deceiver, seducer (Ps. 52:2)
Circumcision – peritomē – “they of the circumcision”, Jews (Rom. 3:1)
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Verse 11
“Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.”
Mouths stopped – epistomizō – bridle, reduce to silence (Prov. 17:28)
Subvert – anatrepō – overthrow, overturn, destroy (2 Tim. 2:18)
Teaching – didaskō – instruct, explain, expound (Matt. 28:20)
Filthy Lucre – aischros/kerdos – baseness-dishonor, gain, advantage (1 Sam. 8:3)
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Verse 12
“One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretans are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.”
Prophet – prophētēs – a seer, one secretly communicated to, interpreter of the oracles of the gods (1 Thess. 2:14-16)
Cretans – Krēs – inhabitants of Crete (not confused with cretin – iodine deficiency dwarfism, retardation)
Liars – pseustēs – breaks faith, false liar (Rom. 3:4)
Evil Beasts – kakos/thērion – bad nature, injurious, destructive (Rom. 12:21)
Slow Bellies – argos/gastēr – lazy, shunning labor, a glutton (1 Tim. 5:13)
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The church who desires for God to he the Shepherd (Jn. 10:11) is blessed by God with a specifically chosen under-shepherd sent to nurture (edify) and protect His sheep. Unfortunately, in the absence of a called, chosen, under-shepherd, the sheep settle for hiring someone that looks like an under-shepherd but doesn’t act like one. How can we identify a hireling…?! God identifies them as those that contradicts, opposes, and refuses instruction and doctrine while convincing others to follow them in opposition to the under-shepherd (Acts 13:45)

Verse 10

For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group.”

Unruly – anypotaktos – no control, disobedient, not subject to authority (Heb. 2:8)

Vain Talkers – mataiologos – idle talker, empty senseless things (2 Tim. 2:23)

Deceivers – phrenapatēs – mind deceiver, seducer (Ps. 52:2)

Circumcision – peritomē“they of the circumcision”, Jews (Rom. 3:1)

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Verse 11

Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre‘s sake.”

Mouths stopped – epistomizō – bridle, reduce to silence (Prov. 17:28)

Subvert – anatrepōoverthrow, overturn, destroy (2 Tim. 2:18)

Teaching – didaskō – instruct, explain, expound (Matt. 28:20)

Filthy Lucre – aischros/kerdos – baseness-dishonor, gain, advantage (1 Sam. 8:3)

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Verse 12

One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretans are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.”

Prophet – prophētēs – a seer, one secretly communicated to, interpreter of the oracles of the gods (1 Thess. 2:14-16)

Cretans – Krēs – inhabitants of Crete (not confused with cretin – iodine deficiency dwarfism, retardation)

Liars – pseustēs – breaks faith, false liar (Rom. 3:4)

Evil Beasts – kakos/thērion – bad nature, injurious, destructive (Rom. 12:21)

Slow Bellies – argos/gastēr – lazy, shunning labor, a glutton (1 Tim. 5:13)

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Verses for A Hireling sent from our Enemies

John 10:11-13

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

Acts 13:45

When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy. They began to contradict what Paul was saying and heaped abuse on him.

Hebrews 2:9

But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

2 Timothy 2:23

Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.

Psalm 52:2

You who practice deceit, your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor.

Romans 3:1

What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision?

Proverbs 17:28

Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.

2 Timothy 2:18

who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some.

Matthew 28:20

and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

1 Samuel 8:3

But his sons did not follow his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice.

1 Thessalonians 2:14-16

For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own people the same things those churches suffered from the Jews who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to everyone in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last.

Romans 3:4

Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.

Romans 12:21

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

1 Timothy 5:13

Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to.

“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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