Qualifications for Servants of God
Time is short – it is time for all the church “game playing” to be exposed for what it is – these “works of man” must be exposed to cause the people of God to choose whether they will follow God or man.
We MUST have true Godly examples in the Body of Christ if we are to enter in to all that God desires to release in the earth today.
“not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit sayeth the Lord”
THE VISION AND THE WORD
In 1976 God spoke to me that the day would soon come, when we would see the men in the pulpit that pervert, corrupt, defile, and otherwise use the Word of God for personal gain, or other unscriptural purposes, DROP DEAD IN THE PULPIT, by the Hand of God in judgment. I have seen this come to pass.
It is my prayer that this Study will cause those that are headed in that direction to take another look at their lives and ministries, and REPENT and CHANGE, so that they will not corrupt and mislead God’s people and that they may be be saved from this hand of judgment. The day of the Judgment of God is surely upon us, as the big public ministries have been dropping like flies. I believe the next thing we will see, is this dropping dead in the pulpit on TV, radio and in churches. Somehow many men will assume the responsibility of leading God’s people without understanding the scripture and the awesome responsibility it places on us. It seems that somehow,even the “ministry” has lost the awesome reverential fear of God that all of God’s people are to have.. Prov.8:13, 10:27 & 16:6.
It is time that we who assume servanthood in “the body of Christ”, understand and prepare for the judgment of God. As scripture says “Judgment comes first to the house of God.”If we cannot adjust our lives and ministries so that we measure up to the scriptural pattern, then the least we can do, for ourselves and the body of Christ is to step down, get out of the way and let someone else, who IS qualified, take the place of leadership.
The qualifications for servanthood in the body of Christ are found clearly laid out in the Bible. In this study we will look at the qualifications for servant ministry as found in ITimothy 3:2-7 and Titus 1:6-9
First I would like to turn your attention to where God would have His ministry take place. Everything I can find in scripture about this subject shows that the ministry of God is to take place in THE LOCAL AUTONOMOUS assemblies.
I cannot find anyplace in the Word of God for “Para-Church” ministries, churches, bible colleges, denominations of men or the new so called “apostolic movement”. Yes I believe in apostles, but not this new “non-denominational” denomination. . I can only find local assemblies, establishing people in the Word of God (the local assembly is the bible college of God’s choice) and then sending them out from THE LOCAL assembly to plant, build and help other local assemblies to do the work of the ministry. These unscriptural “ministries” have led God’s people astray and siphoned off money belonging to the local community long enough. It is time a stand is made against these false ministries leading God’s people away from the local assembly where they can be refined, shaped, polished, and matured. The day of “THE LOCAL ASSEMBLY” is here. God is moving in the Local assemblies like never before. It is ONLY here that the true ministry of God to His people can take place.
I am not talking about a specific building, or type of building, but the local body of believers that are being served by God ordained, God anointed and Holy Spirit led men. You don’t need to own a building, you can meet in a tent, a rented room, a home, a local park, it doesn’t matter where you meet, the true church is the people. The important thing is that you meet as a local new testament assembly, called and led by the Holy Spirit of God.
Now let’s look at the qualifications of the servants of these local assemblies.
THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR SERVANTHOOD ACCORDING TO I TIMOTHY 3:2-7.
We will be looking at the Greek words that have been translated, as well as the scripture as translated. We will start with the Amplified translation, as it does an excellent job of explaining these qualifications.
“Now a bishop (elder) (superintendent, overseer) must give no grounds for accusation but must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, circumspect and temperate and self controlled;(he must be) sensible and well behaved and dignified and lead an orderly (disciplined) life; (he must be) hospitable (showing love for and being a friend to the believers, especially strangers or foreigners, and be) a capable and qualified teacher, not given to wine, not combative but gentle and considerate, not quarrelsome but forbearing and peaceable, and not a lover of money (insatiable for wealth and ready to obtain it by questionable means).
He must rule his own household well, keeping his children under control, with true dignity, commanding their respect in every way and keeping them respectful. For if a man does not know how to rule his own household, how is he to take care of the church of God?
He must not be a new convert, or he may (develop a beclouded and stupid state of mind) as the result of pride (be blinded by conceit, and) fall into the condemnation that the devil (once) did.
Furthermore, he must have a good reputation and be well thought of by those outside (the body), lest he become involved in slander and incur reproach and fall into the devil’s trap.”
Be blameless – 423 – Anepileptos – Blameless, unrebukeable. An elder must live his life (all areas) in such a way that no onecan righteously dispute, refuse, contradict, or deny anything he says or does because of a flaw in his lifestyle. An elder (even more than any other Christian) does not have a personal or secular portion of his life. His entire life is subject to the rules of Christianity.
Be the husband of ONE wife – husband – 435 – Aner – Man, husband, one. Wife – 1135 – Gune – woman, wife. Many interpretations have been given to this qualification, but only one can be found in the proper interpretation of the Word of God. He must have only one wife, cannot have more than one lawful wife. If we search the scriptures we find that he must have the only wife he had at the time of his conversion or if not married at time of conversion, that he has married since being born again.
The only exception is if his wife was an unbeliever and decided to leave him, in which case scripture says he is free. He may have only one lawful wife, the first since his conversion. See Eph 6.
Contrary to the teaching of some men, the bible does not disqualify a man who has been divorced prior to his conversion. According to scripture when a man is converted to Christianity old things have passed away, ALL things have become new. This means that the past is forgiven and when God forgives it is as if it never happened so how can this disqualify a man?
Be Vigilant – 3524 – Nephaleos – Sober, circumspect Be Sober – 4998 – Sophron – Safe, sound in mind, self controlled, moderate as to opinion/ , discreet, sober, temperate. He must exhibit stability in all areas of his life. He must be sound of mind, self controlled, moderate in all things except his devotion to
God. He must be discreet as he will be privy to information that could be very damaging if revealed.
Be of Good Behavior – Good – 2579 – Kalos – Good, beautiful, valuable, worthy, chiefly good, virtuous.
Behavior – 2887 – Kosmios – orderly, decorous, of good behavior, modest. His behavior must be orderly & modest in appearance and reality. He must realize that he is not intrinsically “good”, but that he must as an example to God’s people be on the alert,watching and maintaining that his behavior is Christlike at all times..
Be given to Hospitality – 5382 – Philoxenos – fond of guests, hospitable, given to/lover of hospitality. He must be fond ofthe brethren and enjoy their company. He must freely have them stay at his home as they may have the need.
Be Apt to Teach – 1317 – Didaktikos – instructive, apt to teach, apt & skillful in teaching. He should be able to teach in a manner that all who are listening may understand. He should liketo teach because of the changes that are effected in the lives of those who listen and learn.
Not be Given to Wine – 3943 – Paroinos – staying near wine, given to wine, drunken. Wine must not be a necessity in his life.
Note that scripture does not say (tho many men do) that he cannot drink wine, only that he not be given to wine. He must control all things that are in his life, none of them can control him.
Not be a Striker – 4131 – Plektes – a smiter, pugnacious, quarrelsome, a striker (fighter). He is not to be easily offended or upset so as to become quarrelsome. No-one should be able to cause him to loose control and retaliate.
Not be Greedy of Filthy Lucre – 146 – Alschrokeroes – without covetousness, unavaricious, not greedy of filthy lucre. Filthy –
148 – Aischrologia – vile conversation, filthy conversation. Money can not move him. Money should never be a controlling factor in his decisions or actions.
Be Patient – 1933 – Epieikes – appropriate, mild, gentle, moderate, patient, equitable, fair. Patience is a virtue that must of necessity be an intricate part of his life.
Not be a Brawler – 269 – Amachos – peaceable, not a brawler. He must never allow himself to be enticed into an out of control physical situation.
Be not Covetous – 866 – Aphilarguros – without covetousness He must not covet ANYTHING except more of God’s Spirit and annointing.
Be one that rules his Own House Well – Ruleth – 4291 – Proistemi – ruler, to preside, be over, stand before. House – 3624 – Oikos family, home, dwelling. He must be in control of his home.
Not by force but by being worthy of and receiving the respect due him as a man of God and the head of the home.
Not be a Novice – 3504 – Neophutos – novice, young convert, newly planted. He must be a man that has been in the Lord long enough to know and understand scripture. He must have developed a measure of maturity that is consistent with the calling of elder.
Have a Good Report by those Without – Good – 2570 – Kalos – Good, worthy, virtuous. Report – 3141 – Marturia – report, witness,record, testimony, evidence given. Without – 1855 – Exothen – From without, outside, external. His lifestyle outside the body must equal his lifestyle inside the body. All who know
him must find no room for righteous accusation against him.
Mark 16:17-20 “and these attesting signs will accompany those who believe; in My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages; they will pick up serpents; and (even) if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well. So then the Lord Jesus, after He was taken up into heaven and He sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord kept working with them and confirming the message by the attesting signs and miracles that closely accompanied (it). Amen.
If the signs mentioned above are not clearly visible when YOU minister then you should check in with your Father and find out why they are not.
This is not an option it is a requirement for EVERY CHRISTIAN. ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO SERVE GOD’S PEOPLE .
Repent, get right with God (remove the disqualifying areas from your life and then these SIGNS WILL FOLLOW.
May God bless you as you follow Him.
TrueChristianity.org Charles LaFoe
copyright 2/10/13 rev 8/12/2017