Accountability Counts

1 Timothy 5:17-25 is about setting high standards*. Its about the need for Christian leaders to be careful about the way they live so that we don’t bring Jesus’ name into disrepute and undermine our message.

Christian Leaders should be honoured and cared for

 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honour, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.  For the Scripture says, “Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.” (v17-18)

Here we learn that there were different kinds of elders in the New Testament church. There were some elders who were volunteers, or what’s called “lay elders”.  They are responsible for the spiritual and pastoral oversight.  And they’re also the ones who direct the affairs of the church.  Back in Timothy’s day the majority were “lay elders,” working full-time jobs to support their families and then overseeing the church as volunteers. Continue reading Accountability Counts

Lessons for leaders (part 2)

In my previous blog I dealt with Elders in 1 Timothy 3:1-7.  Elders are suitably qualified men who serve the people of God primarily by teaching the word of God.  Now we look at deacons (v8-12).

Servants

In v8 we come to a new category of people, called deacons.  Greek word is diakonos, which simply means servant.  In the Christian life servanthood and spiritual service are very important.  We should all be serving in some way, we should all be servants.  The church does not only need pastors, overseers and elders, it also needs administrators, organizers and workers to implement what’s being taught from the Word of God.  These people are known as deacons in the official sense.    It’s not that they can’t teach, but that is not their primary function.  Continue reading Lessons for leaders (part 2)