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Summary: Christians have a responsibility to others as well as themselves.

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Leadership Responsibilities

1 Timothy 5:1-25

I. Responsibility to Sinning Members (v. 1-2; Galatians 6:1-2)

a. Treat older members as a father or mother (Leviticus 19:32)

b. Treat younger members as a brother or sister (2 Thessalonians 3:15)

II. Responsibility to Charitable Actions (v. 3-16)

a. Charity should be sought from those closest to the need (v. 3-8)

i. Care for those who are truly in NEED (v. 3, 5-6; Luke 12:42-48)

ii. Seek family help (v. 4, 8; Ephesians 6:2-3)

iii. Enforce this practice (v. 7)

b. Guidelines for charity (v. 9-16)

i. Reputation for doing good (v. 9-10; Titus 3:8)

ii. No tendency to follow after the flesh (v. 11-15)

iii. No other means of help (v. 16)

III. Responsibility to Other Leaders (v. 17-22, 24-25)

a. Payment of the elders (v. 17-18; 1 Corinthians 9:6-18)

b. Trust in the elders (v. 19; Deuteronomy 17:6, 19:15; Matthew 18:15-20)

c. Discipline the wavering leaders (v. 20; Ephesians 5:11; 2 Timothy 4:2)

d. Show no favoritism (v. 21)

e. Be cautious in who you choose (v. 22, 24-25; 1 Timothy 3:10; Proverbs 10:9)

IV. Responsibility to Personal Health (v. 23)

a. Do not neglect healthy alternatives (1 Corinthians 6:19)

b. Do not abuse alternatives to maintain health (Numbers 6:1-4; Proverbs 31:4-5)


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