April 26, 2018

Today you should read: Titus 1:5-9

This is one of the two (1 Timothy 3 being the other) times in Scripture that God gives us the qualifications for an elder or pastor. I love how it starts off showing that Paul prioritized raising up elders in each town and church plant he started. A priority many churches, church planters and those who feel called to revitalize a church should do today. Like 1 Timothy 3, the apostle Paul then shares the characteristics of an elder/pastor. An elder or pastor should:

  1. Not be afraid of conflict (5b)
  2. Raise up other leaders (5c)
  3. Be above reproach (6a)
  4. Be a one woman man (6b)
  5. Shepherd his own family well (6c)
  6. Be a good steward of what God entrusts us (7a)
  7. Be humble (7c)
  8. Be patient & content (7d)
  9. Be sober-minded (7e)
  10. Not be violent (7f)
  11. Not be greedy (7g)
  12. Be hospitable (8a)
  13. Be a lover of all that’s good (8b)
  14. Be self-controlled & disciplined (8c,f)
  15. Be upright and holy (8d,e)
  16. Trust & Teach God’s Word (9)

This list is why pastors or elders will be judged by a higher standard. It’s important to not expect or think that a pastor or elder will be perfect but the general public and sheep should see these qualities in their shepherds.

Knowing how important this is, comment below with the different qualifications you DON’T see in our elders and pastors and let’s see how many jumpstart readers would agree…

JUST KIDDING, JUST KIDDING!

On a more serious question,

  • How has God used some of these qualifications in the pastors or elders in your life?

Also, will you take some time and pray for the pastors and elders of CPC as we do our best to live these out by the grace of God and shepherd the flock while leading them on mission at the same time. We love you all and are honored to serve you.

By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor

Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

4 thoughts on “April 26, 2018”

  1. Praise God for pastors who are committed to seeking God and rightly dividing the Word of Truth. A rare and precious gift to the Body!

  2. I described Tim Parsons to a friend the other day as he’s “The Real Deal.” I think our pastors and elders, under his leadership, have been trained in this and are held to the Biblical expectations. The training the elders go through in our church before becoming an elder is quite extensive and I’m grateful for that.

    We have a great church with Godly men and women in leadership.

  3. I remember a conversation with a CPC member and saying something like, what kind of a man wouldn’t desire these attribute in his life? All men should see these qualifications as the Lord’s will for their life. Have you ever wondered what kind of man you want to be? What kind of man you want to marry? Look no further, my friend, for you have an excellent list of Godly attributes found in Titus.

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