Summary: Part 2 of a 2-part sermon. Paul told Titus that the focus of his work on Crete was to bring order to the churches & appoint qualified elders. Pastors must meet certain qualifications. But What are they? Pastoral eligibility is measured by...
Is The Pastor Eligible?-II—Titus 1:5-9
The churches of Crete were saved but were lacking the finesse necessary to accomplishing their mission. They were not yet organized for ministry.
A pastor by the name of Titus, was charged with the fortunate task, of straightening out those aspects of a local— & possibly island-wide— church body which would bring it up to speed, thus making them viable & able to powerfully carry the message of Christ to a lost world.
With apostolic authority, Paul instructs Titus specifically, to “appoint” qualified men to pastoral positions in every city on the island of Crete. That is his first priority. This is because without headship, their can be no sustained & organized effort to win their world for Christ.
Thus Paul informs Titus of the basic qualifications for pastoral eligibility.
Paul told Titus that the focus of his work on Crete was to bring order to the churches & appoint qualified elders.
Pastors must meet certain qualifications.
What qualifies a man as pastor?
6 measures of pastoral eligibility/integrity.
Previously we found that Pastoral eligibility is measured by...
1. ALIGNMENT Stability(:5)
2. PUBLIC Stability/ Respect(:6a)
3. MARITAL Stability(:6b)
4. BROOD Stability(:6c)
So we begin at this point in verse 7.
5—Pastoral eligibility is measured by...
:7—“For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money,
“For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God
Elders are here, equated with overseers. One of the elders would be the overseer.
The overseer, of necessity, must be without indictment because he is the “steward” of God, responsible for the overall welfare of the flock. He is to manage the household of God, as-it-were, well, in such a manner as to be absolved of any wrongdoing.
“Bishop/Overseer”—episkopov—An overseer—1a) A man charged with the duty of seeing that things to be done by others are done rightly, any curator, guardian or superintendent, 1b) The superintendent, elder, or overseer of a Christian church.
“Blameless”(See :6)—anegklhtov—That cannot be called into account, unreproveable, unaccused, blameless. Designates one against whom there is no accusation, implying not acquittal of a charge, but that no charge has been made. Strong—The negation of egkalew —To call in (as a debt or demand), i.e. bring to account (charge, criminate, etc.):-- Accuse, call in question, implead, lay to the charge. Used 5X.
“Steward”—oikonomov—1) The manager of household or of household affairs; 2) metaph. The apostles & other Christian teachers & bishops & overseers.
“Not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money,”
*An overseer’s stewardship is in many respects defined by the things he is “not.”
He is not characterized as being “self-willed.” That is, his decisions are NOT directed toward self-fulfillment but rather toward fulfilling God’s desire. He does NOT seek to do what he wants to do regardless.