From the Gospel to Good Works: A Church’s How-To Manual for Elders (1 Timothy 5:17
What are you supposed to do in church? What are elders supposed to do in church?
And how do elders and members work together in the church?
On Sunday I answered these questions with six “how-to’s” from 1 Timothy 5:17–25. In this section to Timothy about elders, Paul gives inspired counsel for providing for how to honor elders, protect elders, rebuke (sinning) elders, and appoint elders—to name a few things Paul says.
You can hear the whole sermon online. Response questions and additional resources about elders and churches are below.
- What instructions does Paul give to church members to guide their relationships with the elders in respect to their physical needs (vv 17-18), reputation (v 19), and holiness (v 20)?
- Why would Paul charge Timothy in such a fashion (in the presence of God, and of Christ Jesus, and of the elect angels)?
- What dangers does Paul warn Timothy against when it comes to keeping these instructions? (v. 21)
- Why is careful patience of such significance when it comes to the appointment of elders? (vv. 22-25)
- Why Paul’s note to Timothy about wine?
- How do all of these instructions help us focus our life together in the gospel? What happens when we neglect these instructions?
- In the age of #metoo, how do these instructions protect pastors and those who have been hurt by pastors?
- How might these verses help you in your service at OBC?
- How might they help you find a new church, if the Lord moves you to another place?
- In what respect might you need to grow in relationship to the elders of OBC?
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- Household ‘Stewards’: A Rich Metaphor for Pastors and Churches
- What Should Churches Do Who Have Elders
Soli Deo Gloria, ds
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