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Qualified Elders 2

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Stephen Johns

on 8 July 2018

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Transcript of Qualified Elders 2

Qualified Elders
Lesson 2
An Umbrella Qualification:
Dealing with Accusations:
Expect Accusations as Christians
Expect Accusations Against Elders
Above Reproach
Titus and Timothy
Overarching Terms
Above Reproach
It is a judicial terms similar to 'not guilty'

1 Timothy 5:7-8
“7 Command these things as well, so that they may be without reproach. 8 But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

1 Timothy 6:11-14
“11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Above Reproach
Not as much emphasis in a legal way but emphasizes 'guiltless'
1 Timothy 3:10

“And let them (Deacons) also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves
Above Reproach
Husband of one wife
(one woman man)
Able to teach
Not a drunkard
Not violent
Not a lover of money
Not quarrelsome
Rule his house well
To be above reproach is to be currently living in a way that there are no provable accusations of fleshly living.
Matthew 5:10-12

“10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Matthew 11:19

“The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”
2 Corinthians 10:8-10

“8 For even if I boast a little too much of our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I will not be ashamed. 9 I do not want to appear to be frightening you with my letters. 10 For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account.”
2 Corinthians 7:2

“Make room in your hearts for us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one.”
Romans 15:30-31

“30 I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, 31 that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints.”
1 Timothy 5:19-20

“19 Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 20 As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.”
Deal rightly with Accusations
1. Need witnesses
2. Consider the methods of Satan and be on guard
It is appealing to us:

Proverbs 18:8 “The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.”
There are two sides to every story:

Proverbs 18:13; 17 “13 If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.; 17 The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.”
Whisperer’s destroy friendships:

Proverbs 16:28 “A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.”
3. Objectively deal with any issues
Could Jesus and Paul be Elders here?
To be above reproach is to be currently living in a way that there are not provable accusations of a pattern of fleshly living.

To be above reproach is to have demonstrated a humble dealing with sins of the past and the present.

To be above reproach is to be living a life that is seeking to do what they teach.

To be above reproach is to rest in the righteousness of Christ instead of self-righteousness.
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