Y It discourages most pastors, and the body of Christ will surely suffer. A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. For if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? Psalms 119:18 (KJV). Publisher: OpenBible.info. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Z. And I charged your judges at that time, ‘Hear the cases between your brothers, and judge righteously between a man and his brother or the alien who is with him. 1 Timothy 4:12 ESV / 605 helpful votes. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Belittling and questioning his ministries does much damage: Aaron and Hur knew a principle about helping the man of God that would encourage and help any pastor today. But not so with you. Bible Answer: The answer to the question, “Does God appoint evil leaders to lead nations?” is yes! That man is called a “pastor” or “preacher”. ads = new Array(5); 7:1), and that is the Holy Spirit’s job, in most situations, not ours. One day the parent may wonder why the children are not following what was taught in church from the Bible. If more people would realize that honoring God’s man is honoring God and His work, and would encourage and help their pastor, more spiritual battles would be won; and more pastors would be encouraged. ‣ Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. David’s heart was, “The LORD forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against the LORD'S anointed: …” I Samuel 26:11. ‣ Speaking ill against God’s man will not encourage the pastor in doing all he can do. Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you— if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. ads[2] = "" + Not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. D P “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”. Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach. ‣ But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. ads[3] = "" + All rights reserved. “Be still, and know that I am God. Little birds drop the crumbs of your gossip far and wide. Little birds drop the crumbs of your gossip far and wide. “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord. Proud member It will sow seeds of discord, and in most cases, will only hinder, not build, the ministry (Proverbs 6:16-19). It is an abomination to kings to do evil, for the throne is established by righteousness. M Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; ... For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. Loose talk has a way of getting picked up and spread around. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.