A. Elders are watchmen for the congregation (Hebrews 13:17).
- They are expected to “rule well” (I Timothy 5:17).
- A man that abuses his authority for harm… (Luke 12:42-46).
- Leave off contention (Proverbs 17:14)?
- Doesn’t the Lord want peace in His body (I Corinthians 14:33)?
II. Body: Not A Brawler (I Timothy 3:3).
A. The Greek phrase translated “brawler” means: “peaceable: — not a brawler. Not to be withstood, invincible, not contentious, abstaining from fighting” (Strong’s # 269).
- This Greek wording appears one other time in the New Testament and is translated “brawler” there as well (Titus 3:2).
- We have covered the side of this that is physical when we studied “no striker” (I Timothy 3:3 and Titus 1:7).
- Without peace, we’ll not see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14).
- We must seek peace (Matthew 5:9 and I Peter 3:8-12).
- We have to use God’s wisdom for real peace (James 3:13-18).
- The only time we cannot pursue peace is at the cost of truth and righteousness (Matthew 10:34-39, Acts 13:38-14:7, and Galatians 2:1-18).
- Mankind has a God-given freewill (Deuteronomy 30:15-20).
- Not even the most godly leaders can prevent the exercise of that freewill (John 6:60-71 and II Timothy 4:9-15).
- Those who want to have debate, arguments, strife, factions; is what a contentious person is (Romans 1:28-32, Romans 13:13, I Corinthians 3:1-11, and II Corinthians 12:20).
- Such individuals need marked, removed, and avoided (I Timothy 6:3-5 and Titus 3:9-11).
III. Conclusion: Rather than the mindset of a carnal fighter, a person of strife, we all should have the mindset of a peacemaker (Galatians 5:19-26).
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