blameless and biblical


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blameless and biblical

Titus 1:5-9 (JDV)

Titus 1:5 In favor of this, I left you in Crete was to set right what was left undone and, like I directed you to, to appoint elders in every town:
Titus 1:6 someone who is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of irresponsible living or rebellion.
Titus 1:7 Because an overseer, as God’s administrator, must be blameless, not arrogant, not hot-tempered, not addicted to wine, not a bully, not greedy for money,
Titus 1:8 but hospitable, loving what is good, reasonable, righteous, holy, self-controlled,
Titus 1:9 holding to the faithful word as taught, so that he will be able both to encourage with sound teaching and to refute those who contradict it.

blameless and biblical

These two words were to describe the person chosen by Titus to oversee the work of a particular congregation. These overseers were not pastors — in the strict unbiblical sense in which we use the word today. These were community leaders. They had to be blameless in terms of their relationship in their own families and the public. They also had to hold to the faithful word as taught, able to encourage sound teaching and refute those who contradict it.

Those are the qualifications of congregational leadership.


About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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