The Nature and Necessity of Elders
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The Nature and Necessity of Elders

Titus 1:5–9  (ID: 1593)

A church’s structure will demonstrate how it understands itself and how serious it is about obeying God’s Word. The organization and leadership of the local church is therefore of great importance. Alistair Begg unpacks Paul’s advice to Titus about the office of elders, the centerpiece of biblical church government. According to the New Testament pattern, a plurality of elders should serve alongside one another, using their various gifts to rule and shepherd the church under Christ’s leadership and care.

Qualifications for Elders

5This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you— 6if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife,3 and his children are believers4 and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. 7For an overseer,5 as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, 8but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. 9He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound6 doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.

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Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.