Jul 10, 2022. I Timothy 5:17-20

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ELDER HONOR. I Timothy 5:17-20. 7/10/22. #16.

17 Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine. 18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer is worthy of his wages.” 19 Do not receive an accusation against an elder except from two or three witnesses. 20 Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear.

1. An honored position

                a. Elders are to be highly esteemed

                                a1. If a man who appointed to be an elder meets the qualification, he is honorable

                                a2. As with prophets, apostles, pastors, and deacons, elders hold a high position appointed by God

                b. Elders are teachers, protectors, disciplinarians, restorers, and mentors

                c. Paul mentions a special class of mentors

                                a1. Those who minister in Word and doctrine

                                a2. Full time workers, doing the job of pastor’s and teachers

                                a3. Worth being properly paid for their ministering to saints unto God (Deuteronomy 25:4)

                d. Not all elders were full time workers

                e. Hebrews 13:7-17 elders must give an account for those in the church body they serve

2. The work of an elder

                a. The elder has five basic jobs

                                a1. To be a model of Christian integrity

                                a2. To study and teach the Word of God

                                a3. To protect the flock against error

                                a4. To correct those who stray from faith

                                a5. To implement church discipline when necessary (for restoration)

                b. The elders act as guardians or gate keepers

                                a1. Ezekiel 3 serve the role as watchmen

                                a2. There are ever subtle errors that creep into a church (must guard against them)

                c. Acts 20 Paul warned the elders that wolves will come among them to ravish the flock

                                a1. Not all men who appear to be holy, are holy (must guard against influence)

                                a2. Temptation in high positions are great (pride, seducing doctrines, factions…)

                                a3. Many churches have been ruined by men in leadership controlling all

                d. Elders face many challenges: apathy among believers, rebellion, accusations, and rivalries

                e. An effective elder = a man of prayer, study, wisdom, grace, faith, and teaching

                                a1. He instructs, ministers, and visits

                                a2. With other elders he makes important decisions for the church

3. Protect your elders

                a. Accusations against elders take 2 or 3 witnesses

                                a1. Elders are easily accused by the jealous and vindictive

                                a2. Start 1 step up from Matthew 18:15-18

                b. Elders who are found guilty of sin must be publically rebuked, for it is public sin

                                a1. II Samuel 12 David was publically chastised

                                a2. Galatians 2 Paul confronted Peter before all

                                a3. I Corinthians 5 there is a deterrence to others in public accountability

                c. Responsibility and accountability = go together

                                a1. Luke 12:48 a higher standard for leaders

                                a2. Leaders can strengthen or destroy 

Key verse: Hebrews 13:7-17

7 Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 9 Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them. 10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat. 11 For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. 12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. 13 Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. 14 For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come. 15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. 16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. 17 Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.