Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Church Elder Must Discipline His Children


Titus 1:6c (NKJV)

The first requirement of Church elder is he must be blameless.

The second requirement is he must be the husband of one wife.

The third requirement is he must have faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination.

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There are three things specifically listed in regards to a Church elder's children:
  • They must be faithful children,
  • They must not be accused of dissipation, and
  • They must not be accused of insubordination.

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Church elder must have faithful children.

Though the Church elder cannot guarantee his children will be believers, he must raise them up following the way of the Scriptures.

In other words, he must train them to be Christians.

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This training is two-fold, using both God's Word and personal example.

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It will be good if their children know the Scriptures from childhood.

Only then will they have the opportunity to learn them and become convinced of them.

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Church elder must also need to be living what the Bible teaches.

If he merely says that it is important, but then don't live it, he demonstrates hypocrisy.

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We must not underestimate the power of hypocrisy to carry our children away from the truth.

We must always live what we say we believe.

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He Must Have Children Who Are Not Accused Of Dissipation

He must not let his children live squanderously, wastefully, and dangerously.

His children must not be partying and frittering their lives away, living like there is no tomorrow.

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If a man allows his children to live like this, he is to be disqualified from consideration for appointment as a church elder.

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He Must Have Children Who Are Not Accused Of Insubordination

The third thing is his children must not be in rebellion.

They should respect their father's authority and be obedient.

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They must be disciplined to prevent rebellion.

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He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly. (Proverbs 13:24)

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Contrary to the world's opinion, it is those who don't discipline their children who don't love them.

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With discipline, we are telling our children that we care how they turn out, or what happens to their lives.

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If we are faithful to do these things, our children will have the best possible chance of growing up godly.

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