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