Honorable Eldership 2
Honorable Eldership - Part 2
1 Timothy 5:19-25
I. Keeping the ministry of eldership (pastors) honorable. (1 Timothy 5:19-25)
19Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.
20As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.
21In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality.
22Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure.
23(No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.)24The sins of some people are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later.
25So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden.
II. When a dishonorable charge comes against a pastor. (1 Timothy 5:19)
A. Examples of false charges against godly men in the Bible: Joseph, Moses, Daniel, and more...
B. Various reasons for false charges made against pastors: Jealousy, rebellion, personal dislike, etc.
C. Possess the ability to discern between gossip and reality.
D. A pastor's integrity, credibility and purity will enable him to withstand attacks.
III. When a dishonorable charge lodged against a pastor is proven to be true. (1 Timothy 5:20-21)
A. Pastors will be judged with greater strictness because of the responsibility of their position. (James 3:1)
B. An example made to other pastors through the public rebuke and removal of a pastor.
C. Being mindful that God, Christ and the elect angels are watching.
D. Jesus is always present, watching and will deal with impurities in His churches. (Revelation 2:1)
E. These rules are to be kept and enforced just as they are written.
1. 'Without prejudging': Forming an opinion before the facts are known.
2. 'Doing nothing from partiality': Favoritism due to popularity, power, etc.
IV. The care and responsibility required in selecting a qualified pastor. (1 Timothy 5:22,24-25)
A. The church is not to confirm and appoint a man into the ministry of pastoring in an unworthy manner.
B. To knowingly appoint sinful and unqualified men into the pastoring ministry is to 'take part' in their sins.
C. In the process of selecting pastors for honorable eldership:.
1. Some will be easily recognized as not qualified to serve as pastors.
2. Hidden sins will come to light.
3. Some will appear to be obvious candidates for pastoring.
4. Hidden good works and characteristics will emerge.
V. A personal 'side note' that provides a glimpse into the life of an honorable elder. (1 Timothy 5:23)
A. Timothy suffered stomach problems and frequent ailments.
1. Probably the result of contaminants in the drinking water in Ephesus.
2. The possibility that Timothy was under a lot of pressure and stress.
B. God has a healing process for our anxieties. (Psalm 139:23-24)
C. Characteristics of a honorable elder:
1. Does not give up easily.
2. Moves beyond personal comfort zones.
3. Is adequate in the eyes of God.
4. May be alone, but never lonely.
5. Does not live in fear.