by Jim Perdue

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God's Plan for Leadership in the Church (2 of 9)
Series: Growing a Healthy Church
Jim Perdue
Titus 1:5-9

Tonight, we continue our series in the small New Testament letter of Titus. Paul wrote this letter to his ''true son in our common faith,'' Titus around 60-65 AD. He provides instruction on how the church should operate.

This book of the Bible then will be the textbook for our series Growing a Healthy Church. The church is not an organization it's an organism. It's not a business, it's a living entity with Christ as the head and Christians as the body. And anything that is living should be able to have a check-up from time to time to see if it's healthy.

The book of Titus serves as a medical manual for the church; it's the book we use to see if the church is healthy; functioning as it should.

And any discussion about a healthy church must include God's thoughts about church leadership. Tonight, from Titus 1:5-9, we see God's Plan for Leadership in the Church.

*Leadership is a very interesting subject. Someone once said, ''If you think you're leading, turn around to see if someone is following. If no one is following, you're not leading, you're only taking a walk.''*

*Mrs. Baker, a fifth grade teacher, observed a student in her class flipping a coin as he answered each true/false question on a test. This answer selection method continued all the way through the exam. Mrs. Baker then watched as he went through each question again, pausing to flip the coin each time. She finally got up out of her chair, went over to his desk, and asked, ''Norman, what are you doing now?'' To which Norman replied, ''I'm doing what you always tell us to do! I'm checking my answers!''*

I'm thankful that we don't have to flip a coin when it comes to selecting leaders in the church. The Bible is very clear about the qualifications for pastors and tonight, we're going to check our answers with the Bible. READ Titus 1:5-9

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