1 Timothy Three: Something’s missing…

Posted: October 2, 2011 in 1 Timothy

Ah! I figured out what it is. See, when Paul was going through the list of qualifications that a person must meet to be qualified as a pastor, he forgot several things. First starters, he’s gotta be funny! No one likes a pastor who doesn’t entertain from the pulpit! And he has to be a really good speaker, too. Can’t be boring the congregation, now. And educated! Lots and lots of education. The more, the better! That’s why we have seminaries. It’s why I spent so much time and money on my degrees, right??

Lol. Hopefully my saracsm is loud and clear. The point is simple- good pastors aren’t good because of where they went to school or how eloquently they speak. If that kind of stuff were important, Paul would have included it in his letter. Instead, these are the qualities that make good pastors:

1. He has to be above reproach. In other words, a clean nose. No fingers should be able to be pointed at him.

2. A one-woman man. While debate rages concerning this verse and the divorce topic, it’s sufficient to say that if a man is unfaithful to his wife, he is not meeting this requirement.

3. Sober-minded. A hot-headed temperment has no place in church leadership, especially in light of the constant criticisms that are leveled against the church staff.

…and the list continues: respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. Someone who can raise his family properly.

 

There’s nothing in there about looks, oratory skills, service length, or the style of preaching. What God looks for is a man who is willing to live the life of a pastor- not someone who can keep you entertained for an hour on Sunday mornings.

All that being said, I enjoy my pastor’s sermons. He’s a good public speecher- when he’s not making fun of hunting, haha! And he’s an awesome people person and friend. We have definitely been blessed at Connersville Baptist Temple, and I’m blessed to play a role among the students here.

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