1 Timothy 3:1-7 – GODLY LEADERSHIP

(This is a complete lesson done in a prayer meeting session.)

· What type of leader do you want to follow?

· Why do you think most churches lack qualified leaders?

· Should we try to imitate our leaders? Why? To what extent?

· Notice that Paul expected to be imitated.

1 Corinthians 11:1 – Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

1 John 2:6 – He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

In 1 Timothy 3:1-7 Paul is instructing those who would be “bishops”. The word “bishop” means “overseer”. When we see this term we often think of the pastor and other Godly leaders in the church. The role of leadership in the church is not for everyone, because everyone does not qualify. Even though we might never fully qualify to be leaders, we should still strive to be as Godly as possible. Making the characteristics of leadership our goal will help us live Godly lives.

A Godly leader is:

CONSISTENT IN BEHAVIOR – Vss. 1-3
· Vs. 2 – The word blameless means “beyond reproach”.

· How can a person still be a sinner (1 John 1:8) and yet beyond reproach?

· In what ways should leaders and congregation members be beyond reproach?

· To be the husband of one wife is to be “a one woman man”. To be the wife of one husband is to be a “one man woman”. This quality should be reflected in our attitudes and our actions.

· In its strictest sense, the word “vigilant” means to be sober. Hence in this situation it would refer to being sober spiritually.

A spiritually sober person is always “under control”. The spiritually sober person is actually under the control of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18-21.

· To be sober is to be “serious, earnest, sound.” If this is the case, what part do joy, joking, and laughter have among us?

· The words good behavior mean “orderly” or “well ordered”.

· In what ways should pastors and other leaders show orderly behavior? In what ways should all believers show it?

· In what ways should all believers be “apt to teach”?

· Vs. 3 – Do you think church leaders should be total abstainers? Why?

· What is a “striker?” What about a striker is not under control?

· What should be the attitude of Christians towards money?

· Contrast a patient individual with a brawler.

· Why is it especially dangerous for a leader to be covetous?

CONSCIENTIOUS AT HOME – Vss. 4-5
· Who is to be the ruler in the home and why?

· What does it mean to have “children in subjection with gravity?”

· The easiest time to bring children in subjection is when they are young.

· Why is a man disqualified from leadership in the church when he isn’t in charge at home?

CONDITIONED BY EXPERIENCE – Vs. 6
· Why do Christians need experience before they can lead?

· Why do churches and Christian organizations tend to make novices leaders?

· Why was the devil condemned?

COMPLIMENTED BY OUTSIDERS – Vs. 7
· Why is the testimony of leaders and Christians to unbelievers so important?

· What reproach is there for Christians who have a poor testimony? How is it a snare?