Paul would not believe Christ and persecuted His followers. But God poured out His grace upon him and saved him...as an example of God's patient mercy in Christ.
We are told how to relate to elders in the church in light of God's judgment - both with caution and courage depending on whether they are faithful in ministry.
Teaching Scripture is a priority in the local church, which is the pillar and buttress of the truth. This passage tells us how such teaching should be done, whether in the home or from the pulpit.
What is the Church's mission? Jesus has given clear instruction for the Church and the Saints, for ALL Authority has been given to Him.
We have here a list of seven qualifications or requirements for an elder in the local church. Such men are appointed by God to care for His treasured possession, the local church, and He gives us descriptions of what they should look like.