`…you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. `
1 Timothy 3: 15
1 Timothy 5: 16-25
When democratic countries around the world are considered a general observation is often made; the government and (or) leader reflects the people of that country. This is not surprising really when you consider that as voters, we probably vote for the people we think reflect our values and desires most. In the Church we also see this principal at play. The higher aim though is that the leader reflects the Gospel and Jesus Christ; they then work to help the Church do the same. This links directly to the earlier chapters in this letter on Leadership that we have already covered. In this section Paul is describing how the Church can care for their Leaders and in so doing show their love for the Lord and His Word. This is a cycle of blessing as in acting in this way the Church herself is blessed and grows.
Five words of guidance are given that show a Church how to care for their Leaders. The Church is to be:
To Ponder: How does a good relationship between the Leader and members of the Church bring glory to God; how does the Gospel empower and assist in this relationship? What can you do to bless this relationship and help the Church grow?
To Pray: Almighty God, you have built your church on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone.
Join us together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may become a holy temple, acceptable to you, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Praise: Broken Vessels
In 2023, each week's blog is a follow-up reflection written by the preceding Sunday’s preacher to dig deeper into the sermon topic and explore engaging discussion questions.