Right Living Leaders In The Church-Titus 3:1
Put them in mind to be subject to rulers and to authorities, to be obedient, and to be ready for every good work.
Vocabulary: Prostemi (Greek), Laedon (Old English). Those who direct, guide, drive, or push along others.Those who shepherd and maintain peace over others.
Greetings Fellow Saints of God. September/October are the months when most or many Churches begin their new Fiscal years (Fiscus – Latin, designating a time of government policies or a new year of financial or taxation responsibilities). It is also the time when Church Leaders return to their assigned positions or there are wholesale changes. The Apostle Paul sent his Spiritual son Titus to Crete to set those Churches in order. Titus was required to appoint Elders, overseers, men, women, boys and girls into positions so that they could function as living examples of the Teachings that they trusted and Believed. Who then are these Church Leaders?
The Body of Christ is made up of many groups. However, all groups are governed by proper belief in Jesus Christ and that leads to the proper behavior in life – our walk or life style. The word of God is the source of the Truth and is the way to God and Eternal Life. Therefore, All Church Leaders need to be trained in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ (2 Peter 3:18). Godly leadership and Sound Doctrine discourage false teachers. False teachers are a detriment to the Church.
The second aspect of being a good Church leader is setting a good example. The Apostle Paul urges Titus towards righteous living so that no one could have a complaint against him. When we become saved, we receive God’s Holy Spirit. It is our God’s Spirit that enables us to not be slaves to sin and to not lean to temptations. Good Leaders lead by the good examples of their holy lifestyles.
The third and last aspect of being a Good Church Leader is having a good reputation in the community. As Believers in Christ, we have a duty to reach unbelievers (St. Matthew 28:19). The Attitude, Behavior, and Conduct of Believers are different than the World’s. Believer’s kindness, love, and mercy have to be of such that demonstrates the difference between good doctrine, good works and worldly doctrine and works. Church Leaders must learn to do good works, meet the needs of others, and become fruitful in all of the things needful. These differences help save the lost!
The Apostle Paul’s Epistles to Timothy and Titus were the last ones he ever wrote. The value of those lessons are still very pertinent to Church leaders in today’s times. Church leaders are encouraged to invest their time, their efforts, and the talents into the young people in their Churches so that the Future Stability of the body of Christ will be assured. Therefore, we should pay close attention to the teachings that the Apostle Paul left us concerning preparation of Leaders (2 Corinthians 9:8); Solving of problems in the Church (1 Corinthians 10:28:29) and the principles of Godly living (1 Timothy 5:21). Amen!
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