Selecting and Equipping Church Leaders
(Books of: 1 & 2 Timothy & Titus)  

Worship instructions - 1 Timothy chapter 2.  Characteristics of good leaders (overseers & deacons) - 1 Timothy chapter 3.  Instructions to Timothy, "...train yourself to be godly...devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching...  Watch your life and doctrine closely..." (1 Timothy 4:7, 13, 16).  Advice about widows, elders and slaves - 1 Timothy chapter 5.  Note the command to those who are rich in 1 Timothy 6:17-19.

"So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord...who has saved us and called us to a holy life -- not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace..." (2 Timothy 1:8, 9++).  "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:16).  "Flee the evil desires of youth..." (2 Timothy 2:22++).  

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17).  

"You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine.  In everything set them an example by doing what is good..." (Titus 2:1, 7).  

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"But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.  People will be lovers of themselves...having a form of godliness but denying its power.  Have nothing to do with them." (2 Timothy 3:1, 2, 5).  "For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear." (2 Timothy 4:3++).  This same general theme is repeated in: 2 Peter chapter 2; 1 John 2:18-25; 2 John 7-11; Jude; Revelation; and, several other places in the Bible.  Note: many theologians believe that the more often something is repeated in the Bible, the more important the message.

Pray for church leaders - especially those elected to their office and financially rewarded by congregation members.  Many are tempted to say what their itching ears want to hear!