Elder Qualifications – Respectable

An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, … 1 Timothy 3:2 (emphasis mine) To be respectable is to be proper, honorable and appropriate. This word is only used in one other verse in the New Testament. In 1 Timothy 2:9 women are instructed [...]

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Elder Qualifications – Prudent

An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent , respectable, hospitable, able to teach… 1 Timothy 3:2 (emphasis mine) A spiritual leader in the church must not be ruled by his emotions or be easily stirred up. He is responsible to handle the spiritual affairs of the church with [...]

By |2021-10-19T17:34:22-06:00November 24th, 2021|Blog, Elder Qualifications|Comments Off on Elder Qualifications – Prudent

Elder Qualifications – Temperate

An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach… 1 Timothy 3:2 (emphasis mine) Nēphalios (temperate) literally means wineless, or unmixed with wine.1 In a metaphorical sense, nēphalios means alert, watchful, vigilant, or clear-headed. That may be its primary sense in this passage. A leader [...]

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Elder Qualifications – The Husband of One Wife

…the husband of one wife... Titus 1:6b …the husband of one wife… 1 Timothy 3:2b Lance Quinn explains that “…this English translation comes from the Greek phrase mias gunaikos andra, which when literally translated means a one-woman man, or one-wife husband.”1 Strauch further explains, "…the phrase the husband of one wife is meant to be [...]

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Elder Qualifications – Above Reproach

An overseer, then, must be above reproach… 1 Timothy 3:2a …namely, if any man is above reproach… Titus 1:6a For the overseer must be above reproach as God’s steward… Titus 1:7a Being above reproach cannot mean without sin. After all, the Scriptures make it clear that we will always battle sin in this life (1 [...]

By |2021-10-19T16:37:09-06:00November 3rd, 2021|Blog, Elder Qualifications|Comments Off on Elder Qualifications – Above Reproach

Elder Qualifications – Meeting the Qualifications

Paul quickly moves from a man aspiring to the office of overseer to a number of qualifications that are essential for a man to meet in order to be approved for this position. In the coming weeks we will consider each of the qualifications. The truth is, all Christians should desire to meet these qualifications, [...]

By |2021-10-19T16:30:12-06:00October 27th, 2021|Blog, Elder Qualifications|Comments Off on Elder Qualifications – Meeting the Qualifications

Elder Qualifications – Aspiring to the Office

It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do. 1 Timothy 3:1 Paul wants to be clear that serving as an overseer, a synonym for elder, is a great work. It is something that is worth the pursuit. The term aspires [...]

By |2021-10-20T07:53:21-06:00October 20th, 2021|Blog, Elder Qualifications|Comments Off on Elder Qualifications – Aspiring to the Office

Elder Qualifications – Introduction

A biblical church polity is essential for a healthy church. After all, if you do not have spiritually qualified leadership, it is impossible to have a spiritual church. Jesus soundly rebuked the religious leaders of His day because of their hypocrisy. Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, saying: “The scribes and [...]

By |2021-07-09T16:28:20-06:00October 13th, 2021|Blog, Elder Qualifications|Comments Off on Elder Qualifications – Introduction

Pastors and Discipleship

There is no question that discipleship must be a key component of a pastor’s ministry, and this cannot be fully accomplished behind the pulpit. Biblical truth is fundamental for a discipleship ministry. Jesus clearly called people to follow His teaching. So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in [...]

By |2021-09-27T16:25:20-06:00October 6th, 2021|Blog, Discipleship|Comments Off on Pastors and Discipleship

Discipleship and Suffering

Is it possible to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and avoid suffering? There was a time when Peter thought it was incomprehensible that the Lord Jesus Christ would have to suffer and die. He was so sure of himself that he actually rebuked the Lord. Jesus, in turn, rebuked Peter with the words “Get [...]

By |2021-09-27T16:18:43-06:00September 29th, 2021|Blog, Discipleship|Comments Off on Discipleship and Suffering

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