Gospel-Driven Godliness and Church Leadership, Part 3

February 10, 2013 Pastor: John Fonville Series: Titus

Scripture: Titus 1:5–1:16

Gospel-Driven Godliness and Church Leadership

Part 3


Text: Titus 1:5-16

February 10, 2013 



What then were God’s standards for appointing elders?


I.     Elders must be above reproach in their family life. 1:6


“…a good look at the man’s home life will tell much about his character and his ability to give leadership to the church,” (Gordon Fee, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, p. 173).


A.    Husband of one wife, v. 6b




B.    Faithful children, v. 6c




1.    First, we must understand that Paul is not asking any more of the elder and his children than is expected of every Christian father and his children (Knight, p. 290).

2.    This qualification emphasizes the powerful influence of fathers in the home.

3.    Third, family leadership is the training and proving ground for spiritual leadership in the church.

 4.    It is important to remember that a faithful child is not a perfect child.

5.    We must also remember that there are no perfect parents!

6.    We must not forget that these qualifications are the fruits of the gospel.


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