The Need for Godly Men, Pt. 5
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Pastor Brent identifies three qualifications of an elder to equip the local church to raise up future elders to lead God’s church. ...

Pastor Brent identifies three qualifications of an elder to equip the local church to raise up future elders to lead God’s church.

In Titus 1:5 the Apostle Paul directs Titus to appoint elders in every church. These men were to be the leaders of the church that taught sound doctrine and modeled godly living. The question for every local church is, “How do we identify these men?” Or we could also say, “How does God reveal the men whom He has called to be elders?”

In Titus chapter 1, the Apostle Paul gives Titus a set of qualifications to be an elder. Men are to be examined in the local church in the light of these qualifications to test their spiritual character and fitness to serve in this role.

These men must set the example. They must be the Godly men. The spiritual qualities found in the list of qualifications are the same for all believers. However, men qualified to be elders must display spiritual maturity in these areas, men who stand out in the congregation as the Godly men in the church.

In this message, Pastor Brent identifies the first three qualifications to be an elder.

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  • 1. The Need for Godly Men, Pt. 5 Titus 1:5-7 Pastor Brent Small www.CascadesBibleChurch.com
  • 2. God, throughout biblical history, has chosen to usegodly men to lead His people.Moses; Numbers 12:3Moses Leading Men; Exodus 18:21King David; 1 Sam 16:7
  • 3. There was a similar need in the churches of Crete.For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would setin order what remains and appoint elders in every cityas I directed you, Titus 1:5
  • 4. How do we identify these men?How does God reveal these men?
  • 5. Answer:1) God calls these men through the Holy Spirit.2) These men are tested and examined based on God’s qualifications for the office of an elder.
  • 6. Godliness Defined:Godliness consists of exact harmony between holy principles and practices. Thomas Watson
  • 7. Sermon Goal-Identify 3 “qualifications” for the office of anelder so that we can equip ourselves to raise upfuture elders to lead God’s church.
  • 8. First Qualification: Elders are to be men. 1) “presbuteros” – refers to male elders 2) marriage qualification – “one woman man” 3) Role and function of men as given by God
  • 9. Second Qualification: Elders must be above reproach. 1) Emphasized in the text *verse 6 & 7 2) Paul’s intent: No chargeable offense can be brought against an elder’s life.
  • 10. Second Qualification: Elders must be above reproach. 2) Paul’s intent: No chargeable offense can be brought against an elder’s life. “Paul’s usage is one whom others have noobvious reason to accuse for living inconsistently withhis faith commitments.” Dr. Kent Hughes
  • 11. Third Qualification: Elders faithfully steward their home. 1) b/c as an elder he will be God’s steward. a. Steward = manager, reliable trustworthy -Privilege = Responsibility dynamic
  • 12. Third Qualification: Elders faithfully steward their home. 2) by being a devoted husband. a. singular, particular, faithful devotion to his wife b. Sexual fidelity; c. Actively leading in biblical marriage principles c.f. Gen. 2:24, Col. 3, Eph. 5, 1 Cor. 7
  • 13. Third Qualification: Elders faithfully steward their home. 2) by being a devoted husband. a. “one woman man” - rules out homosexual marriage - rules out polygamy - not focused on number of marriages b. KEY is devoted to his wife.
  • 14. Implication: Spiritual strength of marriages in the church will directlyrelate to the strength of the spiritual leadership in the church.
  • 15. Third Qualification: Elders faithfully steward their home. 3) by being a devoted father. a. Believing or faithful? - Faithful; submissive & obedient - See Matt. 24:45; 25:21, 23; Luke 12:42 b. “not accused of dissipation or rebellion” -further describes behavior c. See parallel passage in 1 Tim. 3:4
  • 16. Conclusion:-Identify 3 “qualifications” of an elder so that we canequip ourselves to raise future elders to lead God’schurch. 1) Elders are to be men. 2) Elders must be above reproach. 3) Elders faithfully steward their home. by being a devoted husband; by being a devoted father;
  • 17. Response?Men, we must pursue devotion to leading our homes!
  • 18. Application:*Pray for current and future elders;*Men, we must apply in leading our homes.*Ladies, you must fulfill your role in such a way as to free and encourage your husband to fulfill his.*Single men, seek ministry to develop this leadership.*Current leadership must seek to develop future leaders.
  • 19. Want to hear Sermons Online?Click on Sermons Online icon below to go to our Sermon Podcast Online Library. You can also subscribe to our sermons on iTunes. Pastor Brent Small www.CascadesBibleChurch.com