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  1. THECHURCH & IT’S LEADERSHIP IN THE PASTORAL EPISTLES

  2. 2 1 3 4 5 6 INTRODUCTION THE CHARACTERISTICS OF LEADERSHIP

  3. CHURCH LEADERSHIP IS PARADOXICAL In surrendering he understands freedom. Matthew 16.24 In following he understands how to lead. Luke14:27 In dying he learns to live John 12:24 In obeying he commands 1 Corinthians 11:1 1

  4. CHURCH LEADERSHIP IS SERVANTHOOD In serving he sets an example 1 Timothy 4:12 In serving he does the will of God 2 Timothy 1:1 In serving he fulfils the plan of God – he was not disobedient to the heavenly vision 2 Timothy 4:6-8 2

  5. CHURCH LEADERSHIP TRAINING BEGINS AT HOME It is an ideal setting It is the foundation of all other institutions It is the beginning of governance 3

  6. CHURCH LEADERSHIP IS MATURED LEADERSHIP Leadership implies growth Leadership implies health Leadership implies strength 4

  7. CHURCH LEADERSHIP IS DEFINES PRIORITIES First priority is God – my relationship with Him Next priority is my family – my learning and governing Next (but not last) is my ministry – my sphere of service 5

  8. CHURCH LEADERSHIP IS UNITED LEADERSHIP Leadership must be unitedThe voice of leadership - you are in a body the Lord speaks though his leaders – the medium INTEGER – WHOLENESS (cf. Rev. 1:20 Messengers) leadership speaks with one voice – unity INTEGRATED – UNITY leadership speak with honesty INTEGRITY – TRUTHFULNESS 6

  9. P PERSONAL Leadership PASTORAL Leadership CHURCH LEADERSHIP E P ECCLESIASTICAL Leadership APOLOGETICAL Leadership A PERSONAL LEADERSHIP paul timothy titussilas

  10. CHURCH LEADERSHIP = MENTORS + MENTORED • The leader’s worth and wealth is his integrity • What is your calling? • Without His authentication (signature) you are zero • We have no ornamental position in the church. • Do with a heart of sincerity what the Lord has equipped you to do. • Integrity cleanses the channel of life to flow through you

  11. PAUL THE MENTOR – THE PROCESS IN HIS LIFE Acts 22:3GAMALIEL TAUGHT HIM Acts 9:17-19THE CHURCH ACCEPTED HIM Acts 11:25-26BARNABAS BROUGHT HIM Acts 9:6THE LORD CAUGHT HIM Galatians 1:17ARABIA ENLIGHTENED HIM

  12. TIMOTHY THE MENTORED – HIS CHARACTER • He had a teachable spirit 2 Tim. 3:14; 2 Tim. 2:2 • He had a caring spirit Phil. 2:20 • He had a submissive servant spirit Acts 16:1-3; Phil. 2:21,22 • He had a faithful spirit Phil. 2:22 • He had a proven spirit – His service in the gospel was proved Phil. 2:22 • He had a sincere spirit Phil. 2:20 He cared sincerely • He had a kindred spirit Phil. 2:20 “I have no one else like minded”

  13. TIMOTHY THE MENTORED – HIS ORDERS first chargeWage the good warfare (1 Tim.1.18-20) second chargeConduct yourself worthy of God’s house (1 Tim.3.4, 15) third chargeDo not neglect your gift; but keep it aflame (1 Tim.4.11-16) fourth chargeObserve these things without prejudice (1 Tim.5.21) fifth chargeGuard what is committed to you (1 Tim.6.20, 21)

  14. TIMOTHY THE MENTORED – HIS PERSONAL LIFE The importance of godliness in his life • God’s purposes operates by faith 1 Tim.1:4 • Sound doctrine produces godliness 1:3; 1:10; 4:6; 4:16 (Ps.119:38) • The godly are known not just what they flee from, but what they follow, what they fight for, and what they are faithful to (6:11-16) • What is doctrine which accords with godliness? (6:3-6) (wholesome words) • Godliness with contentment is great gain – earn it, keep it, use it, decide when you have enough

  15. TIMOTHY THE MENTORED – HIS PROOF “make full proof of your ministry” 2 Tim.4:5 (Rom. 12:7; 15:19) • Paul’s confidence concerning himself: “I have done that” (2 Tim.4.7). I fought the good fight (two powerful weapons for the good fight are faith and a good conscience); I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. • Beginning well is not enough, you need to finish well also (Rom.8:36,37) “Don’t drop the baton”; we are in a relay race. • Fight intensely, (2 Sam.11:15) endure bravely, guard faithfully (Acts 20:24; 1 Cor.9:24; Gal.2:2; 5:7; Phil.2:16; Heb.12:1,2)

  16. TITUS THE MENTORED – HIS LIFE & CHARACTER • He was a living example – stands before Jerusalem church leaders as a living example of what Christ has done in his life Gal.2.1-3 • He was Paul’s trusted travelling companion & special ambassador 2 Cor.7.5-6 • He was Paul’s fellow worker entrusted to carry on the work in Crete Tit.1.5

  17. TITUS THE MENTORED – HISMISSION • In his epistle to Titus the Apostle writes how to organize and lead the church • Titus is given a challenging job of establishing and setting in order multiple churches on the large island of Crete. • Titus is reassured that Paul understands the difficulty • Titus is encouraged to stand strong and to speak boldly • Titus is given a practical plan to bring order in the churches

  18. SILAS C NAIR THE MENTORED – MY MENTORS: K. G. KURIAN • Led me to the Lord • Taught me the importance of the word in spiritual growth • First recognized and told me that my ministry was in the church • Warned me there will be temptations from other fields • Cautioned me not to be led away by them

  19. SILAS C NAIR THE MENTORED – MY MENTORS Dr. JEEVARATNAM BURAGA • My teacher in Christology • Emphasized Christ as the measuring rod of every Christian and every piece of Christian literature Dr. JUSTUS SAMUEL • Saw the gift of teaching in me • Encouraged and provided opportunity for teaching

  20. SILAS C NAIR THE MENTORED – MY MENTORS Dr. BABU K. VARGHESE Dr. JOHNSON C PHILIP • Taught and encouraged me to write Dr. ALEXANDER KURIAN • Through these seminars encouraged me to dig deep into the Scriptures

  21. P PERSONAL Leadership PASTORAL Leadership CHURCH LEADERSHIP E P ECCLESIASTICAL Leadership APOLOGETICAL Leadership A PASTORAL LEADERSHIP

  22. PASTOR 01 ELDER presbuteroi There is no pastor to a church, but there are pastors in the church. signifying their spiritual maturity BISHOP episkopoi 02 signifying their spiritual work SHEPHERD poimen 03 signifying their spiritual capacity Integrity of heart and skilfulness of hands is a very effective combination in shepherding.

  23. THE LEADER’S CREDENTIALS • He should have the gift (and calling) from GoEph. 4:8; Rom. 11:29 • He should have the grace to use it for God Eph. 4:7; Rom. 12:3 • He should have the godliness to command it for God 1 Tim. 4:7

  24. THE LEADER’S RESPONSIBILITIES

  25. THE LEADER’S MOTIVATION • A LEADER MUST BE A MAN OF COMPASSION • Leadership responsibilities stems from his compassion to the sheep. • This is his moving force • Sometimes he is • a father (cf. 1 Tim.3.5); • a nursing mother; • a brother or a friend, but always a shepherd. • Even as a Father chastening his children he must be motivated by the need of friendly counseling

  26. TO TITUS: FOUR SALIENT POINTS OF LEADERSHIP • the personal aspectSUBMISSIONone who is in total submission to the one who leads him • the student aspectINSTRUCTIONthe submitted ones listen to the voice of the instructor • the servant aspectOBEDIENCEthe submitted one obeys the One who has called him to the ministry • the preaching aspectPROCLAMATIONonly one who is spoken to that can speak to others

  27. P PERSONAL Leadership PASTORAL Leadership CHURCH LEADERSHIP E P ECCLESIASTICAL Leadership APOLOGETICAL Leadership A ECCLESIASTICAL LEADERSHIP

  28. ECCLESIA IS A TEACHING INSTITUTION How to recognize good or evil teachers? 1 Tim. 4:1 • Their teaching on the sovereignty of God • How do they teach on the Lordship of Jesus Christ? • Do they emphasize the necessity of repentance? • Do they manifest God’s grace - Its reality, availability and certainty? • How do they manifest the Love of God to others? • Do they exalt the authority of Scriptures? • Their teaching on the love of God (Balance between 1 & 7)

  29. ECCLESIASTICAL LEADERS – THEIR QUALITIES • Must be of exemplary character (CLASSIC) A class in itself! • Must have excellence in leadership – Excellence is not displayed in a showcase – It is expressed in simplicity • Must be sober and teach others to be sober • Must be faithful instructors • Must be those whose life is characterized by integrity, in his own family and in the family of God. (1 Tim.5.1) • Must be those who endeavour to maintain an orderly group of saints in the local church

  30. P PERSONAL Leadership PASTORAL Leadership CHURCH LEADERSHIP E P ECCLESIASTICAL Leadership APOLOGETICAL Leadership A APOLOGETICAL LEADERSHIP

  31. APOSTOLIC WARNINGS/EXHORTATIONS Jude: “Earnestly contend” (Gk. Epagonizomai) Jude 3 Peter: “Give an answer” (Gk. Apologia) 1 Pet. 3.15 John: “deceiver….receive him not” 2 John 7:10 Paul: “I will answer” (Gk. apologemai) Acts 26.2 God has spoken and that he has not stuttered in His word. This is our firm ground. Act upon this.

  32. FOUR FUNCTIONS OF APOLOGETICS • Vindication or proof involves marshalling philosophical arguments as well as scientific and historical evidences for the Christian faith. • Defence involves clarifying Christian position in the light of misunderstandings and misrepresentations; answering objections, criticisms, or questions from non-Christians. • Refutation of opposing beliefs. • Persuasion i.e. convincing Christianity is true and persuading them to apply its truth to their life. This is not an easy task. (Kenneth D. Boa)

  33. UNDERSTAND THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE PROBLEM “Heresy is to the church what treason or sedition is to the State – a divisive force made treacherous by the fact that it begins within the organization and exploits lines of trust and positions of authority. They attack with their own “enlightened” versions of spiritualizing and allegorizing. They appeal to the personality or charisma of the leaders. The Jewish rabbis were well known for their intricate and fanciful interpretations of such old testament texts” (Bible Knowledge Commentary).

  34. THE FALSE TEACHERS – WHO ARE THEY? • They teach another/different doctrine /deviate from the truth (1 Tim. 1.3 Heterodidaskaleo) i.e. (Tit. 1.4) common faith. • Their teaching does not build, but dispute, divide and destroy. • They have personal ambition rather than truth. • Allegorizing or spiritualizing may tickle the ears rather than bring about spiritual edification.

  35. THE FALSE TEACHERS – THEIR POWER • They are under the influence of deceiving spirits 1 Tim.4.1-2 • They appear In Perilous times (Mt. 8.28) • They follow a powerless religion (2 Tim.3.5) • They use a corrupt method (2 Tim.3.6) – enter through a different door (Jn.10.1)

  36. REALIZE THE DANGERS OF HERESY– HOW DOES IT AFFECT ? • Some reject the faith and make ship-wreck of their life (1 Tim. 1:18-20) (moral failure); • Some are lead to doctrinal failure (1:3); • Some are lead to spiritual failure; and some to intellectual failure (6:21) • Some have seared conscience (1 Tim4:1-2)

  37. THE DANGERS OF THE LAST DAYS • Paul enumerates the dangers of the last days (perilous times) • This is due to satanic influence. • Those who have the appearance of godliness use their religious language without its power but they love only themselves. • They prey on the immature and those without discernment follow these fads and false doctrines (2 Tim. 3.5-7; 2 Thess. 3.6). • Christian leaders need to be on guard against false teachers and their false teaching. • These imitation Christians are deceived and they also deceive the gullible ones (2 Tim 3.1-9). • Their mouths must be stopped (Titus 1.11)

  38. WHAT SHALL THE LEADERS DO IN SUCH SITUATIONS? • Be sure of and teach Christian fundamentals. These sound doctrines are healthy and build up believers in Christian faith. • We need to be aware of itinerant evangelists. We should be generous and respect them for the works sake (3 Jn. 5-7). Realize that the pulpit is for the gifted. • We also need to be aware that Christian pulpit is not for all. Only faithful and able ones should be invited to it (cf. 2 Tim.2.2).

  39. THE ROLE OF SOUND TEACHING 1. THE CHURCH IS BUILT UP BY TEACHING • The commission given to us by the Lord we should obey. This is not done in any way that we think is right. • There is a blue print already given. The Lord is with us not only to give us strength and help us, but we should remember that His eyes are upon us. 2. THE CHURCH IS SUSTAINED BY TEACHING (Acts 2.42) • We should avoid foolish and unlearned questions knowing that they would engender strife (2 Tim.2.22,23). • Keep that which is committed to your trust and avoid profane and vain babblings (1 Tim.6.20) 3. THE CHURCH IS PERPETUATED BY TEACHING

  40. THEREFORE, AS A LEADER HE SHOULD… 1 2 COMMAND GUARD REMIND NOT TO 4 3 REBUKE

  41. CONCLUSION

  42. Dr. David Jeremiah wrote… “The Christian is armed with spiritual weapons rather than worldly wealth, personal power, or strategic strength. Warfare that successfully demolish strongholds is conducted with faith and obedience, fortified by the word of Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit (2 Cor.6.7; Eph.6.13; 1 Tim.1.18). In every culture, God’s soldiers, will have to defend the truth against attacks, battling the arguments that deny or reject the knowledge of God. Christians must be sure that their measuring stick for all truth claims is the surety of divine revelation, rather than the false security of human reason. Any teaching that exalts itself against the knowledge of God must be cast down”.

  43. Conclusion • Personally, I must keep myself clean. My life must be rooted in the word. The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakens morning by morning, he wakens mine ear to hear as the learned. (Isa.50.4). “The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it” (Ps.68.11). • As a leader, the sheep have been given to my care. The Lion and the bear are ever watching. I must be sober; I cannot afford to be sleeping. • The leader and those who are led are in the Church. The Lord himself is walking amid the seven golden lampstands. I minister in the Church.

  44. Conclusion • REMEMBER LEADERSHIP IS A PARTNERSHIP • The enemy’s attack come from within and without. I must contend for the faith. I must also defend with meekness and fear. • My prayer: Speak to me Lord, so that I may speak Teach me Lord, so that I may teach Lead me Lord, so that I may lead

  45. Points to ponder • What are the areas the Lord has spoken to me? • Personally, is there any need for me to change? • How has the Word of truth affected me? • As a leader in my Assembly, can I impart this truth to them? • As a leader in my area, do I see the need to interact with others? • Any other point come in your thoughts?

  46. THANKYOU