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Titus: Church Authority Part 2

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Titus 1:5-9
Titus 1:5–9 ESV
5 This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you— 6 if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. 7 For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, 8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. 9 He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
“You live your life and i’ll live my life.” mentality doesn’t apply in the church and especially among the leadership within the church.
In the church of the living God we do care what other’s think!
Our conduct, our witness, our reputation either helps build a bridge to Christ/or it may well burn a bridge.
Christian leadership seeks to make the gospel credible through our example.

A Pastor/Elder/Overseer must have an untarnished reputation.

ἀνέγκλητος - anegklatos “Above Reproach” means One who cannot be accused of anything wrong. It has the idea of someone who cannot be criticized. This is someone who can’t even be accused.
anegklḗtou “Above Reproach” means One who cannot be accused of anything wrong. It has the idea of someone who cannot be criticized. This is someone who can’t even be accused.

Pastors/Elders/Overseers must be exemplary in their conduct but not perfect.

ἀνέγκλητος - “Above Reproach” means One who cannot be accused of anything wrong. It has the idea of someone who cannot be criticized. This is someone who can’t even be accused.
Elders are to live exemplary lives. They are to be those who both proclaim the gospel and model it in their lives.

one who cannot be accused of anything wrong

This means 4 specific things

Titus 1:5–6 ESV
5 This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you— 6 if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination.

1. purity

Godly leaders are men of marital purity.

This text is not teaching about his marital history - it is teaching about his marital fidelity.
In Greek Culture it was common, especially among the affluent, to have slaves and among those slaves female slaves who their masters used for conjugal reasons. The affluent man would also be married and have a wife with whom he would be physically interment. He would also go the the temple where there would be cult prostitutes. He would again indulge himself in the immorality of the pagan worship practices.
His life was marked by multiple women.
In contrast to that the overseers of the church were to have an exclusive relationship with their wives.
“They were literally to be a one woman man”.
Unfortunately this text has been made to say what it simply doesn’t say. This text is not teaching about divorce and remarriage. This text is not teaching about marital status but marital fatality.

2. authority

Godly leaders are men who exercise appropriate authority.

The Pater/elder/overseer must maintain proper leadership within his family.
“believers” - πιστός -
Titus 1:6 HCSB
6 one who is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of wildness or rebellion.
This is a parallel phase to what Paul spoke about the qualifications of elders in his letter to Timothy.
1 Timothy 3:4 ESV
4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive,
The emphasis is on the responsibility of the father. No parent no matter how godly can guarantee the conversion of his children. This text speaks to their behavior not certain conversion.
If he shows a lack of spiritual authority at home why would the church expect his oversight to be different within the congregation.

3. Integrity

Titus 1:7 ESV
7 For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain,
tit 17
John Maxwell stated,
Leadership is influence, nothing more and nothing less.

Not only does his words matter but his walk matters.

He is not a haughty man.
He is not a hotheaded man.
He is not an addicted man.
THE GREEK SCHOLARS LOUW & NIDA DEFINE THIS WORD AS
πάροινος, ου m: a person who habitually drinks too much
Johannes P. Louw and Eugene Albert Nida, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic Domains (New York: United Bible Societies, 1996), 772.a person who habitually drinks too much
He is not a dangerous man. - the word literally means “a striker” At home, in the community, or at church.
He is not a greedy man.
Titus 1:7–8 ESV
7 For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, 8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.
He is a Godly man!

The gospel we preach must not be contradicted by the life we lead.

tit 1:
Titus 1:16 ESV
16 They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.

The Pastor/Elder/Oversee’s office is one where words and works are inseparable.
James 3:1 ESV
1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.
The message that is preached with your lips must not be a message that is contradicted with your life.
That’s what made Christ so powerful! His words were verified by his works!
A standard of biblical consistency or as I have described it integrity.

4. Orthodoxy

4. Orthodoxy

Godly leaders are men who are sound theologically.

Titus 1:9 ESV
9 He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
Hold fast - means strongly cling to -
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