1 Timothy 3:1-13

Written by Roger

 

1 Timothy 3 v1-13

 

Character of a church leader

What makes a leader? Can you think of any famous leaders in history?  Churchill? Nelson? Mandela? What about leaders today – Obama? Mourinho? Do they have anything in common?

Well they all had followers. If you lose your followers then you have no-one and nothing to lead. Is a church leader the same as any other leader?

Well they all follow Jesus and so should we. Timothy’s leader was Paul and Paul wrote a number of letters to Timothy from his prison cell in Rome. When Paul had met Timothy he formed a bond with him, so much so in fact that he saw him like a son of his own.

Timothy had become the leader of the Christian church in Ephesus. In his letters Paul was worried about Timothy’s followers in Ephesus.  He knew that they needed someone on earth to look up to. Timothy was quiet, shy and humble and Paul wanted to reassure Timothy that he could manage to carry out the role of leader. He was telling Timothy about the qualities a leader needed to possess, that being honorable and having high principles were fundamental to his reputation among others but also that he needed to have a clear conscience and be firm in his faith because these would help him to endure.

Paul had confidence in Timothy and knew he possessed these qualities and that he could do the job. How great to have someone tell you these things.

 

Prayer

Psalm 89:1 I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
Action

Have you ever felt you wanted to tell somebody they were doing a great job? Did you tell them? Did you go so far as to write it down? How did they respond? Tell them today !

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