Summary: What are the qualifications of a leader and those that follow and support those that take on that responsibility? The Scripture is clear and the authority that is given to those who lead is from God.
Sermon Title: Are You Qualified to Serve? [5 of ]
Scripture: 1 Timothy 3:1-16
Wesleyan Community Church
Sunday Morning – May 26, 2002
As we prepare to read this mornings text, we need to consider that Paul is writing to his favorite pupil. Paul is writing to his spiritual son, and because of the love that Paul has for Timothy and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he wishes to ensure that Timothy has all of the advantages possible working for the ministry that he is called to. The Gospel of Christ is the reason that Paul finds himself in the confines of a Roman prison and that same Gospel will be the cause of his execution. As I was preparing for this message I thought of the account of Jonathon in the 14th chapter of 1 Samuel. I thought of the fact that even though the Lord might raise up a capable person to lead, in order to be as effective as that leader could possibly be, there needs to be a layer of effective support for the person in charge as well.
1Now it came to pass upon a day, that Jonathan the son of Saul said unto the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over to the Philistines’ garrison, that is on the other side. But he told not his father. 2And Saul tarried in the uttermost part of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree which is in Migron: and the people that were with him were about six hundred men; 3And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, Ichabod’s brother, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the LORD’S priest in Shiloh, wearing an ephod. And the people knew not that Jonathan was gone. 4And between the passages, by which Jonathan sought to go over unto the Philistines’ garrison, there was a sharp rock on the one side, and a sharp rock on the other side: and the name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh. 5The forefront of the one was situate northward over against Michmash, and the other southward over against Gibeah. 6And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few. 7And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart. 8Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will pass over unto these men, and we will discover ourselves unto them. 9If they say thus unto us, Tarry until we come to you; then we will stand still in our place, and will not go up unto them. 10But if they say thus, Come up unto us; then we will go up: for the LORD hath delivered them into our hand: and this shall be a sign unto us. 11And both of them discovered themselves unto the garrison of the Philistines: and the Philistines said, Behold, the Hebrews come forth out of the holes where they had hid themselves. 12And the men of the garrison answered Jonathan and his armourbearer, and said, Come up to us, and we will shew you a thing. And Jonathan said unto his armourbearer, Come up after me: for the LORD hath delivered them into the hand of Israel. 13And Jonathan climbed up upon his hands and upon his feet, and his armourbearer after him: and they fell before Jonathan; and his armourbearer slew after him. 14And that first slaughter, which Jonathan and his armourbearer made, was about twenty men, within as it were an half acre of land, which a yoke of oxen might plow. 15And there was trembling in the host, in the field, and among all the people: the garrison, and the spoilers, they also trembled, and the earth quaked: so it was a very great trembling.
You see, Jonathan only knocked the opponents down, it was the armor bearer who was in support of Jonathan that finished the Job. The resulting teamwork of Jonathan the leader and the armor bearer as supporter caused the will of God to go forward with a mighty impact. With this in mind let us read:
Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 3:1-16
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.