A. The mind of a man who is leading others must be considered. Is it cluttered? Is it conflicted? This matters even with evangelists (II Timothy 2:1-4).
- It does not mean a man cannot have internal conflicts (II Corinthians 7:5).
- The question is, can he deal with life’s clutter and still focus on being a spiritual leader (II Corinthians 4:7-5:13)?
- To avoid anxieties (Philippians 4:6-9).
- To stay on track (Hebrews 12:1-3).
- To control the desires of the flesh (Romans 8:1-8 and I Peter 2:11).
- To subdue disobedient thoughts (II Corinthians 10:1-5).
II. Body: A Bishop Must Be Sober (I Timothy 3:2 and Titus 1:8).
A. Sober: “safe (sound) in mind, i.e. self-controlled (moderate as to opinion or passion): — discreet, sober, temperate. Of a sound mind, sane, in one's senses curbing one's desires and impulses, self-controlled, temperate” (Strong’s # 4998).
- Old and young are to be sober-minded [sober; discreet] (Titus 2:1-6).
- Can a man use his mind as his defense (I Peter 4:1-2) rather than to offend (Isaiah 59:7)?
- Think about a double minded person - what is he or she (James 1:8)?
- A mind not corrupted (II Corinthians 11:3).
- Yet, one who might appear mad [crazy] to the world (Acts 26:1-25).
- Think about how Solomon used His wisdom governing during a conflict to a resolution (I Kings 3:16-28).
- When a man oversees God’s people he must reason after the wisdom of God (Ezra 7:25) rather than use his opinions after the flesh (Romans 10:1-3).
- Among the world (Colossians 4:5-6).
- Also, very cautious in word and deed among the saints (Romans 14:13) as one whose faith is to be followed (Hebrews 13:7 and I Peter 5:1-3).
III. Conclusion: All Of Us Must Be Sober-Minded (I Peter 1:13-16).