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!
“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)
“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)
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.
Verses for A Servant in the Presence of our Enemies
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.
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.
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.
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
“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!’
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,
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,