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Jul 05, 2020

Instructions toward Elders

Instructions toward Elders

Passage: 1 Timothy 5:17-25

Speaker: Pastor Stephen Palm

Series: The Blueprint for Building God’s Church

Category: Church-Life

There are those today who believe that a Minister or full time Christian worker should not be compensated. This is not a new idea and Paul had to answer this challenge. He reaches all the way back to the book of Deuteronomy 25:4 “You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain,” but he also quotes Jesus from Luke 10:7 “The laborer deserves his wages.” There were certain Elders in the Ephesian church who were gifted at preaching, teaching and leadership. Paul tells us they were worthy of “double honor.” This phrase means renumeration(paid) and respect. Apparently, there were Elders in Ephesus who were not receiving double honor, rather they were being slandered. To fix this, Paul tells Timothy, 2 or 3 witnesses (Matt. 18:6 & 2nd Cor. 13:1) must admit a charge against an Elder. Because if unfounded charges are brought out and found to be false, it brings shame on the gospel and God’s church. But Church leaders who are continually caught up in sin are to be rebuked publicly, because they are supposed to be “above reproach” (1st Tim. 3:1). The application here has many facets. Our church leaders have been placed over us by God and are accountable to Him for how they shepherd His people. Likewise, those who are a part of the flock have a duty and responsibility to submit those above them in leadership. (Heb. 13:17)