THEME: Criteria For Christian Leadership 1
PASSAGE: 1 Timothy 3:1-7
HYMN: MHB 426-YE servants of God
MEMORY VERSE: 1 Timothy 3:7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he falls into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Leading the people of God is a very serious responsibility, the endpoint is to take others to the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, those who will serve in the vineyard must possess exceptional qualities that will rank them to be a leader of God’s people.
Paul stated these basic qualities in our text today, for whosoever desires to be a leader in the household of faith. These qualifications start from having a Christian home and being blameless in character. An officer in the house of faith must first meet up with the standard set by the Lord before being able to bring others to the same level. If a man or woman does not have a good home or does not value one, being able to influence others will be a tough job. This is because leaders anywhere are first examples, then influencers, motivators and those who provide direction for others to follow.
The leader must also be temperate; sober-minded; of good behaviour; hospitable; able to teach others, which means he/ she must have the knowledge of God; must not be a drunkard; must not be a violent person; must not be greedy for money; must be gentle; must not be quarrelsome; must not be covetous; he must not be a new convert, but an experienced man or woman of faith. New converts are prone to fall into temptation and pride (1 Tim. 2-7).
These criteria are non-negotiable, non-adjustable and cannot be erased. Every leader, be it worship leader, prayer coordinator, minister, church officer, etc., must comply with these requirements. The danger of not meeting these criteria is that, apart from leading people away from God’s Kingdom, the leader, too, will never make it to heaven. Leading God’s people must not be at the expense of your own salvation. No cover-up!
PRAYER: Father, make me a true example of Your grace, that I may lead those committed to my care to Your eternal Kingdom in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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