Topic: I Timothy Passage: 1 Timothy 3:1–3:7
It is in the Bible.
Paul instruct Titus to appoint elders in all the churches
Jesus gave officers to the church.
We need elders for discipleship to aid our maturing in Christ.
It is said that rarely does a congregation rise above her leaders.
1 Timothy 3:1-7
The first qualification is desire.
The second qualification is character.
The third qualification is ability.
The fourth qualification is family leadership.
The fifth qualification is maturity.
The sixth qualification is reputation.
Christ wants men who have desire for the work of elders, not just for the status of an elder.
Christ wants elders who are godly men with godly character.
Christ wants elders who are able to teach well.
Christ wants Elders to have godly homes and families.
Christ wants them to be men who are spiritually mature and not recent converts.
Christ wants elders whose moral reputation is good with local non-Christians (and other churches’ members by the way).
Lig Duncan writes, “Paul knows that the front line of evangelism as the church goes into the world is not our strategies, methods or techniques. The front line of evangelism is our holiness.”
Jesus Christ is the ultimate elder and shepherd.
“I am the good shepherd (or elder). And I lay down my life for my sheep…And my sheep hear my voice and they follow me.”