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In this sermon podcast, Pastor Brent identifies five “fleshly desires” that must not control a man who seeks to serve as an elder in the local church.
Titus and Paul had made a missionary tour through the island of Crete. The churches were under siege by ungodly men who were teaching doctrines contrary to Scripture. These same men not only believed and taught false doctrine, they lived lives that revealed unbelief by their ungodly behavior. Their behavior demonstrated that they were still under the control of the flesh and fleshly appetites. These appetites are that which are natural, earthly and demonic. These men lived lives that were dominated by drunkenness, anger, dishonest gain and rebellion.
Therefore, Paul instructed Titus to find men who were godly men and appoint them as elders to lead the churches, men who were called by God through the Holy Spirit to do His work in leading the church.
How did Paul define godliness and ultimately identify the godly men? In verse 7 of chapter 1, the Apostle Paul taught Titus, and teaches us five specific vices or sins that must not have control over a man’s life if he is to be qualified and serve as an elder. A man must demonstrate that he is under the control of the Holy Spirit and not the flesh by demonstrating that his life is not under the control of the flesh.
In this message, Pastor Brent identifies five “fleshly desires” that must not control a man who seeks to serve as an elder in the local church.