How the Pastor Should Organize and Operate the Church
THEME: How the Pastor should organize and operate the Church
KEY WORD: GOOD Found 22 times
DOCTRINE Found 8 times
1 Timothy 3:15‑16 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
The church of the living God is not the truth, but it is called the pillar and ground of the truth.
The local church is not necessary for Salvation but it is a requirement for stability.
DATE: 63 – 64 A.D. Written to Timothy a young Pastor at Ephesus from Rome while on house arrest.
INTRODUCTION: Four of Paul’s epistles were written to individuals. Paul wrote two letters to Timothy and one letter to Titus. Both men were Paul’s converts who became pastors of local churches and Paul instructed them about the organization and rules of a local church. Paul wrote the three Pastoral Epistles close to his death. Paul addressed Timothy and Titus as soldiers in the army of God and he gave ministerial charges to these men concerning the ministry. The Pastoral Epistles are not found in Codex Vaticanus because Romanism despises the independent and local pastor.
Timothy, who was a pastor, is receiving a letter from the Apostle Paul concerning the proper way to do the work of the lord as Pastor of a local church.
1 Timothy 4:12 – Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
When doing God’s business, wisdom does not always depend on age. If a man is called to pastor a people, then God has every ounce of wisdom needed for every problem any member will ever have!
Timothy, because of the difficulties in the church, wanted to quit.
1 Timothy 1:3 – As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus… Paul is now pulling back the veil of a preacher’s heart and revealing that preachers are human, too!
1 Timothy 4:13‑16 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. – A preacher won’t be any good to his people if he worries more about his walk with man than he worries about his walk with God.
Timothy was led to Christ by Paul in Lystra (Acts 14:6; 16:1-3; 1 Tim. 1:2). Timothy was circumcised for the sake of testimony because his mother was a Jewess, but his father was a Greek. Paul gave Timothy twelve general orders as a soldier in this first letter. The premier order was to attain sound doctrine (1 Tim. 1:10; 2 Tim. 4:3; Titus 2:1). Sound doctrine is the product of a faithful study of sound words with a sound mind (Ps. 119:80; 2 Tim. 1:7, 13).
Paul put Timothy in charge of the following twelve orders:
The FAITH – Salvation and all that it includes – Jude 3 Hebrews 6:1-2
A Book – Psalm 138:2 Psalm 12:6-7
A Message – II John 9 I John 2:22-23 I John 6:1
A Plan – The doctrine of Salvation – John 1:12 Ephesians 2:8-9
An Institution – Matthew 16:18 Ephesians 3:21 Colossians 1:18
A Method – Acts 8:30-35 1 Corinthians 1:17-18 Titus 1:3
A Power – Isaiah 44:3 Zechariah 4:6 Acts 1:8
Mysteries of the The FAITH – 1 Timothy 3:9
The Blindness of Israel – Romans 11:25
The Rapture – 1 Corinthians 15:51-58
The Body of Christ – Ephesians 5:32
The Indwelling of the Holy Ghost – Colossians 1:27
The Iniquity of the Antichrist – II Thessalonians 2:7
Godliness – 1 Timothy 3:16
Babylon the Great – Revelation 17:5
OUTLINE OF I TIMOTHY.
I Timothy 4. Notice especially verses 1-5 and see how similar these false doctrines are to those found even in the Columbia area.
I Timothy 5.
TIMOTHY WAS ONE OF PAUL’S CONVERTS. In I Timothy 1:2 notice the words, “my own son in the faith,” and in I Timothy 1:18, “son Timothy.” Timothy was not Paul’s son according to the flesh, but he was his spiritual son in that Paul had won him to Jesus Christ. There are those who believe that Timothy was converted much like Paul was converted. When Paul was a young man, Stephen was stoned. Paul held the coats of those who stoned Stephen. No doubt he watched the face of Stephen and heard the words he spoke as he died. The Bible seems to teach that Paul never got away from this. It pricked him constantly until one day he received Stephen’s Christ. While Paul was in the city of Lystra, he also was stoned to death. It was here, no doubt, that he was caught up into the third Heaven. God brought him back to life, but a young man had watched him die just as Paul had watched Stephen die. This young man was Timothy. It is speculation but certainly probable that Timothy was converted because he couldn’t get away from the beautiful death of Paul, just as Paul could not get away from the beautiful death of Stephen.
TIMOTHY CAME FROM A MIXED MARRIAGE. His father was a Greek; his mother, no doubt, was Jewish. Perhaps this is the reason why Timothy was converted after he had become a young man. His mother, no doubt, was a good woman, but she had been guilty of a mixed marriage. (Teacher, stress here the importance of Christian young people marrying only Christians. Also, stress the importance of Christian young people dating only Christians.)
TIMOTHY’ S FATHER PROBABLY DIED DURING HIS SON’ S INFANCY. His father’s name is unknown, though he was a Greek and Gentile by descent. Acts 16:1, 3. The absence of any personal allusion to the father in the Acts of the Apostles implies that he must have died or disappeared during the son’s infancy. The care of the boy thus was turned upon his mother, Eunice, and his grandmother, Lois. (Teacher, no doubt you have sate children in your class whose fathers are dead or who are for some reason being reared by their mothers. Encourage them that they can become something for God. There may be members of your adult class who are mothers having to rear children alone. Encourage the mothers that they can succeed in rearing their children in the service of God. Use illustrations of this.)
TIMOTHY WAS TAUGHT THE SCRIPTURES FROM A CHILD. II Timothy 1:5. His godly grandmother, Lois, (stress the importance of a good grandmother in a child’s life) and his mother, Eunice, taught him the Word of God. He had a Jewish education and was grounded in the Old Testament Scriptures which made him ready for the Gospel of Christ when he heard it through the lips of Paul.
TIMOTHY WAS SINCERE. Notice the words “unfeigned faith” in II Timothy 1:5. This means “non-hypocritical faith.” There was no “put—on” in Timothy. He was a sincere servant of God.
TIMOTHY WAS A LOYAL FRIEND. Philippians 2:22. Timothy was a companion of the Apostle Paul on many of his missionary journeys. He was one of his most constant companions along with Silas and Luke. (Teacher, stress the importance of friendship and of being loyal to our friends and caring for our friends. This does not mean just “care” like “love,” but a “caring” like “providing for the needs of our friends.”)
TIMOTHY HAD SPECIAL GIFTS FOR COMFORTING AND TEACHING. Paul used him to ground the churches and to stabilize the Christians in the faith.
OUTLINE OF THE BOOK OF TIMOTHY
We will divide the book into 3 parts, with Part I dealing with the matter of safeguarding the pure MESSAGE of the church (from false teachers) as well as listing the 4 necessary kinds of MEMBERS. In Part II, we will look in depth at the MINISTER and the 3 basic characteristics of the ideal “preacher.”
Concerning this troubled church in Ephesus, Paul discusses several different aspects.
1 Tim. 1:3 – As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
As usual, Paul found it necessary to assert himself as “an apostle of Jesus Christ.” The reason? Because his teachings were being replaced by those who were spreading heresy.
1 Tim. 1:4 – Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
The devil would love for God’s people to study their Bibles if they would only start finding fault with others who don’t agree with 100% of their interpretation in all matters.
1 Tim. 1:7 – Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.
1 Tim. 1:9-10 – Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine. The Law has no life giving power to quicken us and make us alive in Christ.
1 Tim. 1:15 – This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief
1 Tim. 1:18 – This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;
“Charge” is a military word meaning to command. Paul is here commanding Timothy to put on his armor and to declare war on the false teachers!
(1 Tim. 2-3) Paul next provides Timothy with 4 necessary kinds of church members he must develop if the church is to be salvaged.
1 Tim. 2:1-2 – I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
1 Tim. 2:4 – Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. This points to the reason for people going to hell – it is not God but the lack of prayer that hinders salvation.
1 Tim. 2:9 – In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array.
Paul places an emphasis here on the outward appearance of a woman. If she professes to be a godly woman, then she would look like one!
1 Tim. 2:9-10 – In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
1 Tim. 2:12 – But I suffer not a woman to teach, not to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
This verse is not forbidding women from teaching children or other women the Bible. It is, however, placing women in a submissive position and forbidding women from “taking over” the man’s role.
(1 Tim. 3) Pastors (1 Tim. 3:1-7)
The Bible uses various terms to define this Biblical office of the church.
The pastor must meet certain qualifications in order to have God’s stamp of approval on his ministry. A few of his qualifications are listed below.
(i) First view – that Paul was forbidding polygamy.
(ii) Second view – that Paul was forbidding divorce.
(iii) At the time that Paul wrote this letter, polygamy had already been outlawed by Roman law. Also, there is no evidence to suggest that polygamy was an issue or problem in the early church. Therefore, the most conservative (and correct) view is that Paul was forbidding divorce.
(iv) Regardless which view is held, the point is – there should be no marital questions in a pastor’s life!
a.) “Grave” (1 Tim. 3:8) – means to be held in high respect, not for their wealth or influence but for their Godliness.
b.) “Not doubletongued” – means that he has learned how to control his tongue. A deacon, in order to assist the pastor, will be brought into an area of confidential information. A deacon with a loose tongue can quickly be used to hurt the lives of good people as well as crippling the ministry and effectiveness of the church.
c.) “Ruling their children and houses well.” (1 Tim. 3:12) Once again, perfection is not in mind, but “doing right” is. A deacon is being placed in a position of being an example to others. Therefore, they need to have their homes in order.
Paul has been encouraging Timothy by setting forth a picture of the ideal church. He was reminded that the message had to remain pure and unchanged, for if the message of the church changes – the mission of the church will become an impossibility.
Also, if the message remains true to Christ, it will produce church members who are pleasing to God. There will be men who know how to pray – women who want to please God through modest dress – and godly officers.
III. THE MINISTER IN THE LOCAL CHURCH.
(1 Tim. 4)
1 Tim. 4:1 – giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.
1 Tim. 4:12 – Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
It just won’t do to have preaching that is constantly undermined by a poor testimony. Preachers who don’t want to live in a glass house need to get out of the ministry because we have been chosen to be an example to our people!
1 Tim. 4:15 – Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
In this last lesson of I Timothy, we will focus on the MINISTRY of the local church. Limiting its focus to the confines within the local church itself this ministry will touch the lives of 7 types of people.
So, we find in this letter, a goldmine of encouragement written from an aged warrior to a new recruit. And what is an encouragement to a preacher will also be an encouragement to every church member.
1 Tim. 5:1 – Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father.
Timothy was to be named mindful of his elders and treat them with courtesy and respect. This would be excellent counsel for our young people as well – to respect their elders – and they will if they are raised to do so!
1 Tim. 5:2 – The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, WITH ALL PURITY.
A church is to be like one big happy family, but we must be certain to maintain the purity. It is extremely unwise for teen girls and women to show their pastor appreciation by hugging him – a friendly hand shake will do.
1 Tim. 5:9 – Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man,
1 Tim. 5:10 – Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.
THE CHURCH IS TO MINISTER TO CHURCH LEADERS. (1 Tim. 5:17-25)
There is a distinctive between the elders of 1 Tim. 5:1 and the elders of 1 Tim. 5:17. In (1 Tim. 5:1), we have a reference to the age – elderly. In (1 Tim. 5:17), we have the office of a paid preacher.
The pastor’s primary job is to feed the sheep with the proper doctrine and instruction from the word of God (John 21:15-17; Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-4). He is to be a faithful steward of the mysteries of God and the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27; 1 Cor. 4:1-2). He faithfully preaches the word privately and publically (Luke 14:21-23; Acts 20:20; 2 Tim. 4:2)
THE CHURCH IS TO MINISTER TO SLAVES. (1 Tim. 6:1-2)
1 Tim. 6:1 – Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.
It is important to understand in this day and age that God’s Word does not condone slavery but it regulates slavery.
1 Timothy 6:1-2 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.
2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.
The faithful pastor is required to teach that it is blasphemy against God for a slave to rebel against his master. This truth reveals the Emancipation Proclamation, the abolitionists of the 1860’s, and the politics of Abraham Lincoln and the 39th congress are blasphemous actions and attitudes against God and the USA. The goal of the said wicked people was not freedom of any race, but the slavery of all races by counterfeiting the original constitutions of each individual state and the constitution for the USA. Arrogant and ignorant people cause strife over this issue without researching the fax. The institution of slavery has never been abolished (Rev. 6:15). Communism, democracy, Fascism, Nazism, and socialism enslaved people to the public policy. A true republic protects the life and liberty of the people. The highest calling of any Christian is a slave of the Lord Jesus (1 Cor. 6:19-20).
Jeremiah 34:14-16 At the end of seven years let ye go every man his brother an Hebrew, which hath been sold unto thee; and when he hath served thee six years, thou shalt let him go free from thee: but your fathers hearkened not unto me, neither inclined their ear.
15 And ye were now turned, and had done right in my sight, in proclaiming liberty every man to his neighbour; and ye had made a covenant before me in the house which is called by my name:
16 But ye turned and polluted my name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom ye had set at liberty at their pleasure, to return, and brought them into subjection, to be unto you for servants and for handmaids.
Zedekiah used the words liberty and freedom as political ploy ease to subtly bring people into subjection (2 Peter 2:18-19). The proper regulations up on slavery requires complete freedom after six years of service (Exodus 21:1-6). Zedekiah proclaim liberty, but foolishly reneged on his proclamation. In the history of the USA dishonest Abraham Lincoln and the 39th Congress repeated these awful ask. The Emancipation Proclamation freed no one and its purpose was to incite insurrection. Lincoln violated his oath of office and public duty by and acting a police state. After the War of Northern Aggression be evil oligarchy and Congress supposedly freed the slaves with the 13th article of the bill of rights, but the 14th article nullified the liberty of the 13th. The 14th article created an artificial person or an artificial entity under the subjection of Congress because the said article begins, “All persons born or naturalized in the US, and SUBJECT to the jurisdiction…” section 5 states, “The Congress shall have power to ENFORCE, by appropriate legislation…” these are not words of liberty; they are evil words of deception to enslave the people to the oligarchy of Congress.
VIII. THE CHURCH IS TO MINISTER TO TROUBLE-MAKERS. (1 Tim. 6:3-5)
The church is to have a definite part in dealing with trouble-makers. What is to be done?
Titus 3:10 – A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject;
THE CHURCH IS TO MINISTER TO THE RICH. (1 Tim. 6:6-19)
1 Tim. 6:9 – But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
Paul is warning the person who “wills” or desires to be rich. If your only goal in life is to be wealthy, then you WILL face grave temptations – and you will experience spiritual failure!
1 Tim. 6:11 – But thou, 0 man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
Notice Paul’s 3 commands given to Timothy in (1 Tim. 6:11-12).
1 Tim. 6:17 – Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
1 Tim. 6:17 – Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
You can’t take it with you! This absolute truth cannot be changed by modern technology.