The Marks of Maturity - A Leadership Checklist (4 of 10) by Larry Osborne

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The Marks of Maturity - A Leadership Checklist (4 of 10)
Series: Doing Church God's Way
Larry Osborne
1 Timothy 3:1-16

THE BIG PICTURE:

The minimum requirements for spiritual leadership.

The telltale marks of spiritual maturity.

THE PASSAGE:
1 Timothy 3:1-16/ Titus 1:5-9/ Acts 6:1-4/ 1 Peter 5:1-4/ Acts 20:17-30

A QUICK FLY-BY:

- Spiritual Maturity In A Nutshell: No glaring weakness.
1 Timothy 3:1 and 8/ Titus 1:7/ Acts 6:3

- Notice What's Not In The List:
1 Corinthians 1:7 and 3:1-3/ Matthew 7:21-23/ John 13:17/ Colossians 2:20-23/ Romans 10:1-3

- Giftedness
- Spiritual Power
- Theological Training
- Religious Disciplines
- Zeal

A BAD TRANSLATION, A BLIND SPOT and THREE SURPRISES:
- The Bad Translation: ''Husband of but one wife''
1 Timothy 3:2/ 1 Corinthians 7:1-8, 32-34/ 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and 2 Corinthians 5:17

- Literally: A one woman man

- What's The Difference?

It eliminates anyone single, divorced or remarried.
It contradicts the rest of Scripture.
It focuses on marital status, not moral purity.
It makes the past more important than the present.

The Blind Spot: ''Not quarrelsome''
1 Timothy 3:3/ Proverbs 17:19

-If I'm contentious for the right things, I'm still contentious!

The Three Surprises:

1. A family under control.
1 Timothy 3:4-5/ 1 Corinthians 7:32-35/ Titus 1:6/ Ezekiel 18

2. Not a recent convert.
1 Timothy 3:6/ Proverbs 8:13 and 11:2/ James 1:2-4/ Acts 14:22

3. A good reputation with non-Christians.
1 Timothy 3:7/ 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12/ 1 Peter 2:11-17


Food for Thought

1. Spiritual growth and maturity is often accelerated under difficult circumstances. In Paul's letter to the Thessalonians (see 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10), he describes what spiritual growth looks like in the midst ...


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