Chapter Three, Lesson One
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V. 2 (Contd.)
** As we continue in Pauls list of current character qualifications,
which one is next?
3) This man of God is to be prudent. Actually, this qualification
proves to be the by product of its predecessor. When ones life
is characterized by being temperate, it will produce the quality of
being prudent. This man is well-disciplined and knows how to correctly
order his priorities. This leader for God is serious about spiritual
things. He will lead others into the application of Gods word
to their daily lives.
** What is fourth on our list?
4) Respectable - Kosmios carries the idea of being orderly
in your lifestyle. The respectable elder leads a well disciplined
life others can follow. As we will see next week, if he cannot order
his own life, how will he be able to lead the church? cf. 1Timothy 3:5
** The next qualification is frequently misunderstood. This man of God
is to be what?
5) Hospitable - This does not simply mean he has parties in
his home. Philoxenos is a compound word meaning to love
strangers. This man is available to all, both friend and stranger,
to receive the love of Christ as an overflow of his heart.
** Qualification number six is a distinctive mark for an elder or pastor
serving in Christs church. Do you see it?
6) The elder must be able to teach. The elder must be a highly
skilled teacher, gifted by Christ to explain the Word of God to the
flock. He works hard in his studies and proclamation of Gods truth
and by his new nature is a gifted teacher. cf. 1Peter 4:10
V. 3 ** The next qualification set down by the apostle is perhaps
the most obvious. How is Gods man for leadership to be different from the world?
7) He must not be addicted to wine. This is the first qualification
given in the negative form. This man does not have the reputation of being a drinker, but rather is known
for his Godly character and love for the word of God. cf. Psalm 1:1-3
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