In this week’s episode, we’re going to be diving into Titus 1:5-7a to examine the qualifications of a pastor. These verses specifically deal with with the undeniable truth that a pastor must be a family man. Not just that he says that he loves his family, but there are obvious evidences that he not only loves them, but shepherds them. I’ve also got a Top 5 in under 5 segment featuring both Pastor James Johnson and Dr. Marc Monte. Stay tuned for that at the end of the episode.
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For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:
If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God;
1. He Must Be Blameless. Specifically, as an Example of a Family Man.
“The spiritual leader in the church is not primarily a producer, as industry calls them, somebody who works hard. He is not primarily a manager, that is somebody who gets people to work. He is a leader, that is someone who lives a life that others want to copy.” – John MacArthur
Blameless – literally, unaccused, irreproachable, above reproach. In a condition of first class.
The pastor’s example in leadership at home should be of high consideration to a church.
He ought to be the example for the husbands and dad’s in the church to follow.
2. He Must Be Blameless as a Husband.
Based upon the scriptures, he must be:
– The husband of one wife. Can he be unmarried? Can he practice polygamy? Can he be divorce or remarried?
– A faithful, committed, pure husband.
– Above all, a lover of his wife as Christ loves the church; sacrificing, providing, considering, spiritually leading.
– He should nourish and cherish his wife as a valuable vessel.
His marriage ought to be a visible example of Christ and the church.
3. He Must Be Blameless as a Dad.
If a church desires a pastor that can lead someone to Christ, disciple them, and equip them to serve Christ; see if these are the things that he is doing in his own family.
The power of a godly life is a powerful tool in the hand of God to lead others to God. This is no less true when you examine the influence that the pastor has had on his children.
Children – Sons and daughters, offspring, with no reference or regard to age, young or old.
Faithful – ones who believe, are saved, converted
Converted children should be the priority of any father.
“We desire to give our children more than our parents gave us, and then to see that they’re sufficiently educated so they can give their children even more. There’s little desire for, or cognizance of spiritual legacy. How do we not change our priorities? How do our hearts not burn with a desire to bring God’s Word before our families as often as we might in an effort to see the souls of our children converted? How do we keep the tears from flowing as we consider even the possibility that one of these precious ones may not spend eternity with us in the presence of Him Who’s our All in all? And how do we not tremble at the prospect of our neglect being a contributing factor in such a tragedy?” – Voddie Baucham from Family Shepherds
Check out the book Family Shepherds
Not Accused of Riot – debauchery, prodigality
Unruly – insubordinate, ungoverned
The pastor is held accountable and responsible for the spiritual well-being of his family. His eligibility for being qualified to be a pastor and undershepherd in the local church hinges upon this issue. He can’t pastor the church if he isn’t pastoring his family.
Top 5 in Under 5 Segment
This week’s top 5 in under 5 segment breaks the rules a little bit. It does not meet the prerequisite of being under 5 minutes. But, I will cut some slack in this instance only due to the fact that it comes from 2 men. James Johnson, the pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Muncie, Indiana recorded this segment along with Dr. Marc Monte, the pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Avon, Indiana. In it, Pastor Monte shares 5 book recommendations with us. Enjoy!
James Johnson, Pastor, Temple Baptist Church, Muncie, IN
Dr. Marc Monte, Pastor, Faith Baptist Church, Avon, IN
Pastor Monte’s Top 5 Book Recommendations
The Outreach Conference at Faith Baptist Church in Avon, IN
This conference is going to be awesome. You can register at http://www.faithbaptistavon.com/outreach.html.
Here is a document giving all of the information about the main sessions and workshops.
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