Getting Ready To “Step Up” More
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. There are times when men need to be ready to “step up” when leadership is needed (Joshua 1:1-9).
1. There are often “few” (Matthew 9:36-38).
2. But the work of a congregation must be continuous, not falling off at times (I Thessalonians 1:3).
B. While we may not all be of the same abilities (Romans 12:4-5; cf. I Peter 4:11)…
1. … We want multiple people who can offer spiritual counsel (Proverbs 11:14).
2. … We want to have men who are ready to teach at any time - if needed (II Timothy 2:9; cf. Philippians 1:12-14).
II. Body: Part Of The Work Of A Preacher Is To Teach Other Faithful Men To Teach (II Timothy 2:2).
A. There needs to be “backup” plans for teachers (I Corinthians 16:7-10) who will carry on the same pattern of work if absence of preachers (I Corinthians 4:17 and II Corinthians 12:18).
1. They must be faithful (Colossians 1:7).
2. They must be examples of the things they’ll teach (Romans 2:1-29 and I Timothy 4:15-16).
B. There has to be plans for elders (Titus 1:5).
1. Elders who, among other qualifications, can teach (I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-14).
2. Elders who can lead (I Peter 5:1-4).
3. Elders who can defend (Acts 20:28-31).
C. At the same time, not “playing church” (I Corinthians 14:40).
1. Those who “fill-in” need to understand the seriousness of teaching (James 3:1).
2. They also have to understand how important it is to fulfill the work they must do (Colossians 4:17).
III. Conclusion: When Jesus returns He does not expect to find His people excusing themselves with “but, we don’t have a preacher” (Ephesians 5:25-27).
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© 2014 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager