Office of Pastor (continued)

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013


Philippians 1:1 - Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons.

Pastors, bishops, elders are three functions of the same office.

We have looked at -

Acts 20:16-32

We have also looked at -

I Peter 5:1-4

We continue with -

I Timothy 3:1-7 - 1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

Vigilant means temperate (in the use of wine)

Sober means prudent, thoughtful, or self-controlled

Apt to teach means skillful in teaching, able and willing to teach

Gravity means dignity or respectfulness. He must have his children's respect by his life and conduct, that he must exercise his authority with dignity in a manner that his children know that they must obey him and will want to obey him.

Titus 1:5-9 - 5 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: 6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. 7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; 8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; 9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

Ordain elders means appoint elders.

As I had appointed thee means as I directed you.

Riot means debauchery. It refers to a drunken, dissolute lifestyle.

Unruly means undisciplined or rebellious.

Convince means convict.

Gainsayers means opponents.