Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Church Elder Must Be Sober-Minded


Titus 1:8a (NKJV)

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Titus was supposed to appoint men to serve in the ministry as Church elders.

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These men had to meet certain requirements.

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One of the requirements is that they must be sober-minded. (Titus 1:8a)

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Church elder must have a sober mind.

That is, he must have
  • A mature mind,
  • A humble mind,
  • A God-set mind and
  • The same mind as others.

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Church elder must have a mature mind.

He must be mature in his thinking.

He must not be a spirtual immature thinker who desires self-serving and sensual excitement over daily discipleship.

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The church cannot be led by immaturely-thinking Christians.

We must put that away and put on maturity of thinking.

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The second aspect is to have a humble mind.

It is very easy for us to be legends in our own minds.

Some of us are thinking of ourselves as something more than we are.

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That kind of thinking clouds our judgment.

In that state, we are no longer able to make sound decisions.

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We are filtering everything to be about us.

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We are thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought.

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Thirdly, a sober mind consists of having God's mind towards matters.

Too many people are worldly-minded, thinking about things in the way of the world instead of God's way.

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Christians are told to set their minds on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

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To have a sober mind means that we must have our minds set on God's priorities, and be tuned into His thinking.

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We must set our minds on the things of the Spirit, for the Spirit knows the mind of God.

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Lastly, Christian elder must be of the same mind as the others in the Church.

Being united in Spirit and of the same mind is essential.

A church which is intent on one Biblical purpose will be a place where God is free to move mightily.

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The early church had a unified purpose.

They continually devoted themselves to Bible study, prayer, fellowship, and the breaking of bread.

As a result, signs and wonders were taking place among them, outreach to the poor was happening, worship was flowing, the church's reputation was increasing, and God was entrusting to that church more and more of His newborn children.

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