Today’s Truth – A healthy church has a Biblical vision for the pastors of the church.
- What words does the New Testament use for this office?
ποιμήν (poimān) = pastor, shepherd
ἐπισκοπή (episkopā) = overseer, bishop
πρεσβύτερος (presbūteros) = elder
- What are the responsibilities and function of this office?
- What are the qualifications of this office?
2) Above reproach
3) Faithful to his wife if married
5) Self-controlled (disciplined from Titus 1:8)
6) Respectable (lover of good, upright, and holy from Titus 1:8)
8) Able to teach (hold sound doctrine and are able to rebuke those who don’t from Titus 1:9)
9) Not a drunkard
10) Not violent
11) Not quarrelsome (not arrogant from Titus 1:7)
12) Not a lover of money
13) Manages his household well, including any children he has
14) Not a recent convert
15) Well thought of by outsiders
May Eastwood call biblical pastors and follow biblical pastors to greater health and kingdom impact!