A. An elder's work includes feeding the church (Acts 20:28 and I Peter 5:1-3).
- We know this is a spiritual feeding (John 6:1-27).
- The food of knowledge and understanding (Jeremiah 3:12-15).
- Ignorant leaders are destructive (Isaiah 5:13).
- Lacking knowledge is shameful (I Corinthians 15:34) and will show a lack of wisdom (Proverbs 10:14).
- Not puffed up by his knowledge (I Corinthians 8:1).
II. Body: Apt To Teach / Holding Fast The Faithful Word That He Me Be Able By SOUND Doctrine To Exhort And Convince By Sound Doctrine (I Timothy 3:2 and Titus 1:9).
A. Apt to teach (II Timothy 2:23-26).
- Guiding others through teaching is an ability to pick up from someone’s inquiry and able to guide them to the truth (Acts 8:30-35).
- Knowing when, when not to teach, and how to teach (Mark 4:30-34, I Corinthians 3:1-3, and Titus 3:8-11).
- Living what he teaches (Luke 6:39-46, Romans 2:17-23, I Corinthians 9:27, Philippians 4:9, II Timothy 3:1-10, Titus 2:7-8, and Hebrews 13:7).
- Holding onto something cannot be a divided effort (Luke 16:13 and Revelation 2:12-16).
- The faithful word, the Lord’s truth (John 8:31-47, John 17:17, and Acts 2:42).
- This excludes any and all doctrines, philosophies, and/or traditions of men (Colossians 2:4-8).
- Exhort [beseech] (I Thessalonians 4:1-10 and Hebrews 3:13; Hebrews 10:22-25).
- Convince [to confute, admonish: — convict, convince, tell a fault, rebuke, reprove] (Matthew 18:15-17, Ephesians 5:11, I Timothy 5:20, and Revelation 3:19).
- The gainsayers [those that contradict; speak against] (Acts 13:45-51).
III. Conclusion: If you continue to read in the letter to Titus, there was an additional purpose to the elders ability to teach sound doctrine (Titus 1:10-16).
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