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The New Testament Church 0003 - Lesson 7

Its Offices (Continued)

  1. THE OFFICE OF A BISHOP (Continued)
    1. The Qualifications of a Bishop (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9) (Continued)
      1. He must not be given to wine (1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7).
        1. The pastor must not be one who indulges in wine.
        2. The point is that he must not be given to alcoholic beverages (Proverbs 20:1; Proverbs 21:17; Proverbs 23:29-31).
      2. He must not be a striker (1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7).
        1. Refers to those who settle disputes with physical blows
        2. 2 Timothy 2:24-25a says, “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves.”
      3. He must not be greedy of filthy lucre (1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7)
        1. Lucre refers to riches and money; compare to the related word lucrative .
        2. The man of God must avoid the love of money (1 Timothy 6:5-10).
      4. He must be patient (1 Timothy 3:3).
        1. Able to work with others at their rate of growth
        2. To be patient with all men (1 Thessalonians 5:14; 2 Timothy 2:24)
      5. He must not be a brawler (1 Timothy 3:3).
        1. A requirement of all Christians (Titus 3:2)
        2. Comes from the lusts of the flesh (James 4:1)
      6. He must not be covetous (1 Timothy 3:3).
        1. Scriptural covetousness is not the watered down version of our day.
          1. It is the opposite of contentment (Hebrews 13:5; 1 Timothy 6:5-10).
          2. It disqualifies from serving God (Exodus 18:21; 1 Timothy 3:3).
          3. It keeps us from obeying the commands of God (Psalm 119:36; Ezekiel 33:31; 1 Timothy 6:10).
          4. We are not to keep company with those who do it (1 Corinthians 5:11).
          5. The Lord abhors those who do it (Psalm 10:3).
          6. Hating it prolongs days (Proverbs 28:16).
          7. Those who do it shall not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:10).
          8. It is connected to idolatry (Ephesians 5:5).
        2. The basic meaning of covetousness would be to desire something so desperately that you begin to follow after it regardless of the cost. Your whole life becomes consumed with obtaining the desire of your heart.
        3. Therefore, a pastor must not become so obsessed with anything in this world that the Lord has not given him that it consumes him.
      7. He must rule well his own house (1 Timothy 3:4; Titus 1:6).
        1. Having his children in subjection with all gravity (1 Timothy 3:4)
        2. Having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly (Titus 1:6)
      8. He must not be a novice (1 Timothy 3:6).
        1. A novice is a beginner; one without much experience.
        2. They are susceptible to being proud in their position and falling from service to God.
        3. No man should be put into a position of authority that has not first proven himself over a period of time.
      9. He must have a good report of them that are without (1 Timothy 3:7).
        1. Them that are without refers to the lost (Colossians 4:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:12).
        2. This refers to the pastor’s testimony in the world (2 Corinthians 6:3; 3 John 1:12).
      10. Additional qualifications given by Titus
        1. He must be a steward (Titus 1:7).
          1. A steward is one who takes care of the affairs of another.
          2. A pastor must act as the steward of the affairs of God (1 Corinthians 4:1-2; 1 Peter 4:10).
        2. He must not be self-willed (Titus 1:7).
        3. He must not be soon angry (Titus 1:7; Proverbs 14:17; James 1:19-20).
        4. He must be a lover of good men (Titus 1:8; Psalm 119:63; Proverbs 13:20; Malachi 3:16; Hebrews 10:24-25).
        5. He must be just (Titus 1:8).
          1. Specifically means to be impartial or fair; generally means to be holy or righteous
          2. The pastor should have this testimony (Proverbs 20:7; Isaiah 26:7; Ezekiel 18:5-9).
        6. He must be holy (Titus 1:8; Romans 12:1; 1 Peter 1:15-16).
        7. He must be temperate (Titus 1:8).
          1. Temperance is self-control over the desires of the flesh.
          2. Full service to God requires temperance (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).
          3. Part of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-24)
        8. He must hold fast the faithful word (Titus 1:9; 2 Timothy 1:13).
    2. The Responsibility of a Bishop
      1. Take heed to yourselves (Acts 20:28; 1 Timothy 4:16).
        1. In both passages this is the first admonition listed.
        2. Apparently, it is of the utmost importance that the man of God takes heed concerning his own walk.
        3. This includes
          1. His fellowship with the Lord
          2. His family life
          3. His testimony in the world
          4. His testimony with the saints
      2. Take heed to the flock (Acts 20:28-30)
        1. This is both a positive and negative responsibility.
        2. Bishops are responsible for the health of the sheep.
          1. They are to feed the flock (Ezekiel 34:1-3; John 21:15-17; Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:2).
          2. They are to lead the flock (1 Timothy 4:11-12; Titus 2:15; Titus 3:1).
        3. They are responsible for the removal of wolves.
      3. Take heed unto the doctrine (1 Timothy 4:16).
    3. The Pitfalls of a Bishop
      1. Not taking heed to themselves
        1. Spiritual problems
        2. Personal sins
          1. Laziness
          2. Ambition
          3. Worldliness
          4. Pride
          5. Anger
          6. Gossip
          7. Dishonesty
        3. Family problems
        4. Money problems
        5. Women problems
      2. Not taking heed to the flock
      3. Not taking heed to the doctrine
        1. Lack of basic Bible knowledge (Hebrews 5:12)
        2. Lack of solid doctrinal foundation (1 Timothy 2:15)
        3. No plan for continued Bible learning (Jeremiah 15:16)
        4. An inability or unwillingness to preach (2 Timothy 4:1-2)
        5. An inability or unwillingness to teach (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
        6. Riding a hobbyhorse doctrine (1 Timothy 6:3-5; 2 Timothy 2:14-18)
        7. Always being drawn to the new and the different (Acts 17:21)
    1. The Office of a Deacon
      1. Five Bible references (Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:8, 10, 12, 13)
      2. Dictionary meaning: servant or messenger
    2. The Qualifications of a Deacon (1 Timothy 3:8-13)
      1. He must be grave (1 Timothy 3:8).
        1. The word grave means to be serious.
        2. The word is probably connected to other uses of the word that are connected to death.
      2. He must not be double-tongued (1 Timothy 3:8).
      3. He must not be given to much wine (1 Timothy 3:8).
      4. He must not be greedy of filthy lucre (1 Timothy 3:8).
      5. He must hold the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience (1 Timothy 3:9).
      6. He must first be proved (1 Timothy 3:10).
      7. He must have a faithful wife (1 Timothy 3:11).
        1. She must be grave.
        2. She must not be a slanderer.
        3. She must be sober.
        4. She must be faithful in all things.
      8. He must be the husband of one wife (1 Timothy 3:12).
      9. He must rule his children and house well (1 Timothy 3:12).
    3. The Responsibility of a Deacon
      1. To serve the needs of the church
      2. To serve under the leadership of the pastor since their name means servant and they are never called to rule as is the bishop
      3. To serve according to need
        1. Titus was not commanded to set up deacons in the churches, indicating that this was an optional position (Titus 1:5).
        2. Acts 6:1-6, though not using the name of deacon, shows how they can be chosen and set aside for particular needs as they come up.
    4. The Pitfalls of a Deacon
      1. Sins of the home
      2. Sins of the flesh
        1. Gossip
        2. Pride
        3. Greed
Andrew Ray

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 24:14

So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.