Chapter Three, Lesson One
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V. 3 (Contd.)
** The next in Pauls list is almost an addendum to
not being addicted to wine, what is it?
8) Not pugnacious - Gods elder must react to situations
calmly and gently. Not pugnacious translates me plektes which means not a giver of blows
or not a striker. When a pastor or elder reacts with anger
that could lead to striking someone, he must resign! There simply is
no room for this emotional sin in the heart of a church leader.
** Qualification number nine follows close behind our last one in that
it provides a needed contrast. How is it different from number eight?
9) Gentle (epieikes) describes a person who is considerate
and gracious while easily pardoning human failure. This person has no
thought of retaliation when wronged, but seeks to bless all who come
into his circle of influence. cf. 1Peter 3:8-9
** As we near the end of our list for this evening we come to a very
refreshing characteristic for any Christian to manifest. How is Gods
man to be known by those around him?
10) He is to be uncontentious! What a wonderful concept. The
Greek word amachos literally means peaceful or reluctant
to fight. This is not referring to physical violence as much as
it is speaking of a quarrelsome person in general. The man involved in leading
the church of God is the peaceful servant who does not cause
injury or disharmony to the body.
** Finally, what is our last characteristic in the list before us this
11) Free from the love of money - The apostle will be instructing
Timothy later in this same epistle that godliness actually is
a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment.
cf. 1Timothy 6:6
Paul was completely free from the love of money and worked to pay
his own way throughout his ministry. He was well content with living
in humble means, or prosperity; with being filled or going hungry; with
having abundance and suffering need. In everything, he held lightly
to the things of this world that he might be spent for the glory of
Christ. cf. Philippians 4:12
The man who becomes consumed with possessions and the love of
money is sinfully distracted by a love for this world and does
not qualify to serve the Lord in this important role.
cf. 1Timothy 6:10 and 1John 2:15-17
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