Saturday, November 10, 2018

Is Your Pastor Qualified To Be Preaching From The Pulpit?

  • Discussion:
          -The Apostle Paul expressed in a straightforward manner through his first epistle to Timothy the qualifications required of a man before he can be ordained a bishop in the church. These traits are all outlined in chapters three and five of that letter, which are presented as follows:

           * Not needing criticism
           * Wise
           * Worthy of respect
           * Able to show hospitality
           * Well grounded in the faith/not a new convert
           * Competent
           * Responsible
           * Faithful
           * Loving, selfless, and humble
           * Not having fellowship with sin/setting a good moral example (e.g. not selfish, conceited, greedy, combative, aggressive, contentious, an alcoholic)

          A rhetorical question that the author raises in this context plays a key role in illustrating the importance of fitting the provided description:

          "If a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?"

           Obviously, taking on a leadership position requires a lot of responsibility. This is even more so true of becoming a minister, since it entails preaching the entire counsel of God. The Holy Spirit has given to us through Paul a thorough set of guidelines for us to adhere to so as to determine whether a man is fit for the office of pastor. If a man has qualities that do not match up with the list provided here, then, by biblical standards, he is not fit to be a minister.

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