Summary: We can recite failings of the Biblical heroes without being fazed (we teach them to kids!) But shocked & dismayed when modern-day heroes have feet of clay

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1 Timothy: Doing Church God’s Way North Coast Church

Message #8 September 2-3, 2006

Dr. Larry Osborne

The Care & Feeding Of A Spiritual Leader

1 Timothy 5:17-25

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An “Oh My Gosh” passage

We’ve done it all wrong!

Five principles that churches often do exactly the opposite!

No wonder so many are unhealthy

Illustration: Gold Fish

Good intentions, but dead fish!

I didn’t know the rules about changing water!

We flushed a lot of those suckers down the toilet before I bothered to find out why

Context of 1 Timothy: How to do church

1 Tim 3:14-15 ~ Although I hope to come to you soon, I’m writing you these instructions so that, if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God…

~ Earlier Chapters: How to pick your leaders

1 Tim 3:1-13 ~ Qualifications for leadership

~ Today’s Passage: How to treat your leaders:

(Care & Feeding)

— Read the passage!


How to Treat a Spiritual Leader

 When they do well – pay them well.

1 Timothy 5:17-18/ Leviticus 7:30-35/ 1 Corinthians 9:7-15/ Galatians 6:6/ 1 Timothy 3:3 & 1 Peter 5:2

Lev 7:30-35 ~ Priest’s portion of the sacrifice

1 Cor 9:7-15 ~ Same for NT ministry

Gal 6:6 ~ Share with instructors

~ Who work at: (Lit. Labor to weariness)

~ Double Honor = Merit Pay

For excellent work! Not for filling a position!

Adequate support to all –

Abundant to those who excel

~ The Biblical Balance:

— Not greedy ~ 1 Tim 3:3

— Not FOR Money but eager to serve ~ 1 Pet 5:2

Illustration: Nancy’s Mom:

How will you support her? Image of poor & humble

~ N. Coast Standard:

Our goal is replacement value

~ My Goal:

As generous as we can be

Not as little as we can get by with

Elder: Treat as bad as they treat me at my work!

 When they’re criticized – give them the benefit of the doubt.

1 Timothy 5:19/ Deuteronomy 17:6-7 & 19:15-20/ Matthew 18:15-16

~ Two or Three Witnesses

— Two or Three Witnesses

— Accuser Must Throw First Stone!

— False Accuser Gets The Same Punishment!

When someone brings an accusation

Mt 18:15-16

~ Ask, “Have you talked to them about it yet?”

~ Will you go with me and to talk to them?

~ Beware of a Cynical Spirit: Cynicism Kills!

 When they mess up – don’t cover up.

1 Timothy 5:20-21/ James 3:1/ Galatians 2:11-15

James 3:1 Stricter judgment!

Gal 2:11-15 Paul rebukes Peter!

2 Chron 26 Uzziah: “Here lies a leper”

~ Rebuke Publicly!

ü Don’t try to protect God’s Reputation!

The Bible hides nothing ~ Warts and all!

ü Exposure equals the circle of influence

~ The Reason: So others may fear!

~ Absolutely No Favoritism!

Doesn’t matter how much “good: they’ve done!

 When you choose one – take your time.

1 Timothy 5:22/ 1 Timothy 3:6 & 10

1 Tim 3:6 Not a recent convert

1 Tim 3: 10 Test them first!

~ Covered already in chapter 3

Illustration: Montebello 1st Baptist ignored Beemer’s past: He did it again!

Shares in their sin!

 When they’re human – don’t be shocked.

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