Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager

"That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth..." (Proverbs 22:21).

The Qualification Of Elders - He Must Be Blameless

A Study About Elders
(Part 2)
He Must Be Blameless
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I. Introduction:

A. Our conduct as saints matters in the sight of God and man (II Corinthians 8:4-21).

  1. We know that God will judge us on our actions (Colossians 3:24-25).
  2. The Lord cares how the world sees you (Matthew 5:14-16).
B. Understand the balance of being blameless in a world that seeks to place blame, find fault (Psalms 56:5-6, Psalms 39:1, and Luke 20:19-26).
  1. Being blameless doesn’t mean people won’t lay charges against you (Matthew 5:10-12).
  2. What it does mean is that those charges are without credibility (I Peter 2:9-12; 3:16).

II. Body: Being Blameless (I Timothy 3:2 and Titus 1:6-7).

A. Elders to be, and all of us as saints, are to live without blame (II Corinthians 6:14-7:2, Ephesians 1:3-4, and II Peter 3:10-14).
  1. Be mindful of how the people of the world see things (Colossians 4:5-6).
  2. Knowing that being in a sinful world doesn’t mean you can fit into this sinful world (John 17:14-17 and Romans 12:1-3).
  3. Understand how much teaching you can do with proper living (I Peter 3:1-4).
B. Thinking about how the word translated “blameless” (I Timothy 3:2) is also translate as “unrebukeable” (I Timothy 6:14) and “blameless” (Titus 1:6; 7) as “unreproveable” (Colossians 1:21-22).
  1. Who would need to be rebuked or to be reproved (Galatians 2:11-15, I Timothy 5:19-20, and Titus 1:10-14)?
  2. So, how does one avoid needing corrected (Philippians 2:14-16)?
  3. So that we understand something… If you err, that doesn’t mean you should avoid being reproved or rebuked (Proverbs 10:17 and Proverbs 15:10; 31-32).
C. The formula to live blamelessly is found in the Scriptures (Luke 1:5-6).
  1. Righteous before God (Malachi 3:18, Matthew 23:27-28, Luke 16:15, Romans 10:1-3, Philippians 3:3-11, Titus 2:11-14, and I John 2:29).
  2. Walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord (Matthew 28:18-20, Colossians 1:10, I Thessalonians 4:1-2, I Timothy 5:21, James 2:10-12, and I John 2:3-6).

III. Conclusion: Simply put, all of our conduct should be “as becometh saints” (Ephesians 5:1-5).