Some Stuff Paul Wrote to Titus about Church Leadership

Message Outline from 11/18/2016

 

INTRO:

  • Going through a doc in the Bible (full story <> topical)
  • All kinds of docs in the Bible (Last year: Daniel)
    • This year: Letter written by Paul to Titus
    • Paul Bio <> Had Apprentices <>
  • Titus
    • Gentile, Paul led him to the faith
    • An example in Acts 15 <>
    • Helped Paul in planting churches (Ephesus, Corinth, and Crete)
    • Paul left Titus there, let is instructions
      • “The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished.” Titus 1:5.
      • Capable leader, faithful follower
      • The letter addresses church leadership, relationships, and Christian conduct
    • Crete <>
  • First on the agenda: Church Leadership > Elders
    • “Appoint Elders in every town, as I directed you.” 1:5
    • Why have Elders? (run the church, make decision)
    • Another reason: More valiant, more spiritual then physical, nurturer than organizer, restorer than policy maker.
    • Question: What role does as Elder play in helping me follow Jesus?
    • Answer: To nurture and restore your faith.
  • Let’s jump in at verse 5 where Paul starts off with qualifications:

 

BIBLE  

  • T:1:6a
    • “Blameless**” You cannot bring charges against him of disobedience and ungodly living.
    • This is the overarching character trsit.
  • T:1:6b
    • The first requirement is about his family (not <>)
    • Father: Nurture and Restore his children
      • Me: Encourage them and challenge them to grow <>
      • This requires teaching, wisdom, and being relationally available.
    • Notice, not business, finances, accomplishments, <>
  • T 1:7a
    • “Since” = God’s household, God’s children
    • Notice = blameless again…
    • Overseer
      • Elder = Old man (part of a council)
      • Overseer = Guardian of souls, welfare (nurture and restore)
      • This overseer is to “oikonomos” (hard to translate)
        • NIV 84 = entrusted with God’s work; NIV 2011 = manage God’s household
        • NASV = steward
          • “oiko” = house
          • Someone entrusted to run the master’s household while away.
        • Steward <does not own the home, by priorities of master set down>
        • An elder is entrusted with God’s household, and the standard is high!
        • Parable of Talents <MT 25:14-30>
      • Elders have an incredible responsibility! We must pray for them! <>

 

  • T 1:7b-8
    • Character to nurture and restore God’s children
    • “in order to straighten out the work” you need Elders with blameless character.
      • More on that in a moment…
    • Most traits are self-explanatory, except one, “”
    • Hospitality = love of strangers <not just being friendly when you come around>
      • Loving each other is incredibly important. Jesus commands it.
      • But he also said, “If all you do is love the loveable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that.  If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal?  Any run of the mill sinner does that.”  Matthew 5:47 (MSG)
      • Theologian David Mathis notes, It matters tremendously how the elders orient themselves toward After all, the elders set the tone for how the congregation will engage with nonbelievers.
      • Paul also told another apprentice, Elders are to have a good reputation with outsiders.
      • Strength: This is something our church is good at <last meeting>
    • Elders have a demanding calling!
  • T 1:9- KEY POINT HERE!!!
    • Nurture and restore- how an Elder helps your faith.
    • Paul uses “encourage and refute” Nurture and restore
    • Danny and Butch are good at this.
    • This is how God designed Elders to benefit your walk with Jesus Christ
    • “He must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth.” 2 Timothy 2:25.
    • We get the encouragement part, but not the “refute”
    • A shepherd foremost is a watchmen- he protects his sheep.
      • False teaching, rebelliousness, etc.. (verse 10-16)
      • Restore your faith in action and belief.
      • They are to help you “Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you.”  2 Timothy 2:14
    • Blameless= An elder’s authority is not from position, but from moral authority. <>
  • God designed the Eldership to nurture and restore your faith.
    • “[An Elder} must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong.” Titus 1:9 (NLT)
    • I believe this is one the great strengths of our Elders.

Conclusion

  • Today I have something for you to know:
    • When it comes to your Elders, how he treats his family will inform you how he will help nurture and restore your faith.
    • When it comes to your Elders, they are held to a higher accountability as stewards of God’s household. Pray for them!
    • When it comes to your Elders, as watchmen they are to gently refute and restore your faith when it comes under attack or when you wander from the faith.
  • Join me in praying for the Elders this morning.
  • “Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 3:13

 

    

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