LET THE BISHOPS BE BLAMELESS
1. MATRIMONIAL LIFE
11. MOTIVATIONAL LIFE
A. Negatives to Avoid
B. Positives to Acquire
111. MINISTERIAL LIFE
A. Encourages the Good
B. Exposes the Bad
LET THE BISHOPS BE BLAMELESS
Young Titus had a very tough assignment. I can imagine it was on a Monday morning after
a very difficult Sunday. He had just finished his breakfast and was thinking about the
responsibilities before him. He was rather considering the possibility of resigning his
post because it was so very, very difficult. About that time a courier came with a letter
from the apostle, Paul, and the young preacher, Titus opens it up and he begins to read.
His heart is touched and he smiles warmly as he reads the opening words Paul has to say.
As he remembers the fact that Paul was the man who had brought him to faith in Jesus
Christ; Paul says, Titus, you are mine own son in the common faith. Then in the fifth
verse the apostle Paul reminds Titus why he had left him in the island of Crete. There
were two reasons Paul left the young man there. The first reason was that he should set
in order the things that were lacking. Now the particular word there is a word that
was used in the medical profession to describe the setting of a bone that was out of
place. There were some things in the church that were out of place that needed to be
put back together. A church is described, in the New Testament, as a body and from time
to time some things get out of joint. So a pastor has to become a spiritual surgeon
and put those things back together. The second reason Paul says, Timothy, I want you
to stay at your post and do your job,is to appoint elders in every city. Now you will
notice in this particular passage that there are two different words used for pastors.
There is the word, elders, found here in verse five; and then there is the word, bishop,
found in verse seven. Actually there are three words in the New Testament used inter-
changably for the same office. There is the word, pastor, which refers to spiritual
instruction. The word, elder, which refers to spiritual consultation; and then the word,
bishop, refers to spiritual supervision. So you could be quite well in referring to
elder Lindsay, or bishop Vines. Acutually I'm stepping down just a little bit. I came
from Rome and I was known as the Pope there. You could be quite in order referring to
us as a pastor, elder or bishop. So what you have here is a series of directions and
Let The Bishops Be Blameless
guidelines for the kind of leaders who are to lead the people of God in the churches
on the island of Crete. Now you understand, of course, the absolutely necessity of
the right kind of leaders. It is essential that those who lead the people of God
be what God wants them to be. Now the primary application of these verses refers to
a pattern for pastors. There are only two of us in ...
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