The Need for Godly Men Pt 1 | Cascades Bible Church

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In this sermon podcast on Titus 1:5, Pastor Brent establishes three “pastoral directives” as delivered by Paul to Titus that enable the local church to develop godly leadership. …

In this sermon podcast on Titus 1:5, Pastor Brent establishes three “pastoral directives” as delivered by Paul to Titus that enable the local church to develop godly leadership.



After visiting the churches on the island of Crete, Paul left behind his ministry partner Titus to further develop these young churches. Paul assigned Titus the task of establishing sound doctrine and godly living in the churches so that they would then possess credible Christian testimonies.



If this mission was to be accomplished Titus had much work to do. In fact Paul tells Titus that he must correct what was lacking, namely, godly leadership. Titus, himself, was to instruct the churches in sound doctrine, model behavior that was in accordance with that doctrine and appoint godly men who could do the same.



The need of the church on Crete was godly men. The need of the local church today is godly men. In this message, Pastor Brent begins a short mini-series on the need for godly men to lead the local church by establishing three “pastoral perspectives” given to Titus by Paul.

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  • 1. The Need for Godly Men, Pt. 1 Titus 1:5
  • 2. What was lacking in the churches on the islandof Crete was: godly leadership. “For this reason, I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you.” Titus 1:5
  • 3. Paul’s Purpose:Faith + Practice = Witness Sound Godly CredibleDoctrine Living Testimony Fruit of Good Deeds
  • 4. “If the local church is going to live out its goals and purposes as set forth by God through theapostle Paul, then it must have godly leadership in place!”
  • 5. Setting the context: v.5-Speaking directly to Titus; indirectly to the church.-Titus is left behind; but only temporarily; c.f. 3:12-Letter gives Titus full authority.-”Set in order what remains” – key verb here Translated as set in order or put in order; More simply means to “correct”
  • 6. First Pastoral Directive: Teach sound doctrine. Key verses - 1:13, 2:1, 2:15, 3:1Second Pastoral Directive: Model sound doctrine. Key verses – 1:10-16, 2:7-8Third Pastoral Directive: Appoint godly men. Key verse – 1:5; 6-9
  • 7. Pastoral Directives: Sound Teach Sound Doctrine Doctrine Model Sound Doctrine + Appoint Godly Men Godly Living = CredibleTestimony
  • 8. Conclusion• The church needs godly men.• Men must answer the call to pursue godliness.• Men in church should aspire to be elder- qualified even if never called.• Men must come forward to live godly lives to preserve and display the gospel.