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Not leading your family? How can you lead the church?


God instituted marriage before He instituted the church. That marriage unit is what makes the church function properly. Why don’t we understand this?

Look at what the ESV says in I Timothy 3:4-5 about an elder (overseer, pastor, or bishop) in regard to his OWN family: “He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?”

In other words, if you cannot manage the persons in your own household whom you are supposed to love, how will you manage the persons in the local expression of the body of Christ who belong to God? How will you love these people in your faith family when you do not love those in your blood family?

Strong stuff. But the admonition is clear: look at your pastor’s family. How is he doing with them? If not good, then he should strongly consider stepping down from the pastorate since this is a requirement for leadership in the church. Of course, every situation is different and must be determined by the governing body of leaders in a church so I am not the one who can make that determination. Just challenging you to think about it!

If we don’t do what the Lord says in His Word, how do we expect to see Him work in our lives, our families, and our churches?

-Mark (grateful that the men I know personally who are serving the Lord as elders meet this qualification and the others in I Tim. 3 and Titus)

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