Sunday Morning SoundBytes 7/1/2007

Doing Church Together | Lou Kochanek

Yesterday’s message was the eleventh in the Doing Church Together series from the book of 1 Timothy. The message was called, Dealing with Elders in the Church, taken from 1 Timothy 5:17-25.

1 Timothy 5:17-25 – 17 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.” 19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. 20 Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning.
21 I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism.
22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.
23 Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.
24 The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. 25 In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden. (NIV)

The main idea of the message was how we should deal with elders in the church. Here is a brief recap of the message:

1) Honor your elders who lead the church well (verses 17-18)

        – Pray for them.

        – Listen to them.

        – Thank them.

        – Repay them.

2) Deal appropriately with accusations and sin (verses 19-21)

        – Elders should be protected from unfounded accusations.

        – Elders should be held publicly accountable when they sin.

        – The church should neither prejudge the elder nor allow favoritism.

3) Do not be hasty in ordaining someone as an elder (verses 22-25)

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