February 23, 1992
A local church requires a qualified body of elders. God, however, does not prize what we often value—education, status, success, or exceptional gifts. Rather, as Alistair Begg teaches, God desires that those entrusted with His people’s care would be men of personal moral and spiritual character. These men should be just, devout, self-controlled, peaceable, and forbearing, good husbands and fathers and firmly committed to the Bible. Leaders like this provide a godly example for all the flock to follow.
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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