Sermons on Leadership

The Character of an Elder (Titus 1:7-9)

Introduction Skipping his typical thanksgiving, Paul’s urgent need is to instruct Titus to appoint elders. An elder’s ability to shepherd his home reveals his ability to shepherd the church. Similarly, his ability to manage himself reveals his ability to manage the church. As Paul delineates the qualifications for elder, he specifies several vices and virtues that apply to all of us to varying degrees. Read Titus 1:5-9 Early on, a church needs biblically qualified leaders. How will we choose? What…

The Elder in His Home (Titus 1:5-6)

Introduction Research continues to reveal that today’s children are less stable than previous generations. That is true physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. The primary reason children are unstable is because their parents are unstable. 46% of children live with mom and dad in first marriage. 96% of children live in a dysfunctional family (at least one member has addiction > neglect). What’s the solution? Godly men who lead their homes well, then equip other men to do the same. Paul’s…

Shepherd the Flock (1 Peter 5:1-4)

Introduction Same themes continue to emerge as Peter encourages his suffering readers with hopeful reminders of Christ’s return and their eternal inheritance that awaits. Specifically addresses the elders > your future session. Read 1 Peter 5:1-4 What about those of you who aren’t elders (all of you)? Do you get to tune out? You’re overhearing Peter’s instruction to fellow-elders. He’s not speaking to you, but he’s speaking loud enough for you to hear. In fact, he knows you’re there. You…

A Prophet Vs. A Priest (Amos 7:10-17)

Introduction Amos has warned the deaf nation of Israel about their moral and religious hypocrisy. We’ve seen the first three of five visions Amos received: Plague of Locusts (1-3) Judgment of Fire (4-6) The Plumb Line (7-9) The Lord relented from destroying Israel after Amos intercedes in the first two visions. However, there is no such relief mentioned regarding the vision of the Plumb Line, which dealt with the ground of judgment. In tonight’s passage we see a confrontation between…

Woe to Those Who Are Complacent (Amos 6:1-7)

Introduction Amos’ judgment > lament. Moral Reformation > Religious Reformation. How do you address a people who are not hostile to the Word of God, but indifferent? It isn’t that Israel is actively attacking the faith of their fathers, but they have simply become complacent to apply the truth to any sphere of their lives outside of the worship service. It’s almost like Amos has to begin by convincing them that they are not saved, before he can point them…

Greetings and Accusations (Acts 21:17-26)

Introduction We have been shocked by Paul’s perseverance. He has been resilient in the face of constant suffering and threats of death. He has come to Jerusalem having been spent for the kingdom, but fully expecting more suffering to come his way. Read Acts 21:17-26 What in the world is going on here? Is somebody doing something wrong? Is Paul acting like a hypocrite as one prominent commentator suggests? Great pastoral heroes of mine have disagreed about how to understand…

A Farewell Sermon (Acts 20:13-38)

Introduction Read Acts 20:13-38 Paul ending his 3MJ. Imagine the physical & emotional strain. Departing all-night Worship Service – he walks 20 miles South. There is no quit in this man! We would expect him to seek peace and quiet, but he appears to be encouraging others. Fueled by a task much greater than him. He knew churches would close doors without strong leadership. He calls the elders for one last word. Every Church needs to have men of compassion…

The Jerusalem Council (Acts 15:1-35)

The Jerusalem Council is a model for handling disputes of theological nature. Both sides voiced concerns. The Church stood firm on the gospel of grace, but revealed a cultural sensitivity that was necessary to maintain fellowship.