A Shepherds Calling- The Qualifications Part 1


The Call to Shepherds to Be Patterned after the Chief Shepherd-(The Good Shepherd in Jn 10)

I Peter 5:1

1) Elders (presbuteros)(M) therefore who are among you, I exhort, I who am your fellow-elder(sym-presbuteros(M), and one who saw the sufferings of Christ and who has been retained as a witness to bear testimony concerning them, who also am a fellow-partaker of the glory which is about to be unveiled;

(2) shepherd the flock of God among you, doing so not by reason of constraint put upon you, but willingly according to God; nor yet as lording it in a high-handed manner over the portions of the flock assigned to you, but as becoming patterns for the flock.(Models of The Chief Shepher)(+1 Cor.11:1) (4) And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you shall receive the conqueror’s unfading crown of glory. (5) Likewise, younger ones, be in subjection to the elders
The Call To Shepherds for Compassion Acts 20:28

Pay attention to yourselves and all the flock in which the Holy Spirit has (placed, ordained, put in place) as overseers(episkopos-as one who stands near, to mentor) to shepherd( poimaino) the church of God which He purchased with is own blood.(the Lord Jesus Christ)

A Shepherds Calling

The office of Shepherding in the Lord’s church is vital in that the “spiritual wellness” of the congregation is at risk. In a time where the church of Christ has been left dark and Christian values are looked at as being “stupid and out of step” in this present world view of “lying wonders”, it is imperative that the church of Christ be the church. We cannot afford to become a cult promoting “worldly views” that is what America stands for.

When Paul penned these letters to Timothy, there was false doctrine, false teachers and disorderly conduct threating the congregation there in Ephesus. Not all that different from today. Paul tells the elders at Ephesus in Acts 20:28

Acts 20:27-29 (KJV)
27  For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
28  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
29  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves(Clergy Killers) enter in among you, pnot sparing the flock.

“Clergy Killers” are false brethren that creep into the church to “marginalize” faithful ministers and saints such that the congregation does not “thrive” but only “survive” having little or no impact in enlarging the kingdom of God.

 

 

Let us deal with this subject: A Shepherds Calling… I will if God will to put into your memory the

 

  1. The Positon of the Shepherd Leader I Tim. 3:1

1 Timothy 3:1 (KJV)
1  This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

Translation: This is a trustworthy word. If a certain one is seeking the office of an overseer(one who comes near,a near watch wants to be a spiritual care provider ,a spiritual mentor he passionately desires a good work.

  1. Spiritual Warfare???? To much time learning about things instead how to be being about things

Living what grace teaches Titus 2:11-15

      

(3:1) After giving directions concerning public prayer, Paul takes up the matter of Church organization. He begins with the office of the bishop. The words, “This is a true saying,” are more accurately, “Faithful (trustworthy) is the word.” The word is pistos, “faithful,” not alēthēs,

“true.” The word “bishop” is the rendering of episkopos(one who comes near- a mentor). The verbal form is episkopeō, “to look over, to oversee, to superintend, to exercise oversight or care over as well as “one who comes near” The word came originally from secular life, referring to the foreman of a construction gang, or the supervisor of building construction. The church is not in need of “spiritual bosses” but shepherds who care over the flock enough to weep tears and has the compassion to come near to be used by the Holy Spirit to help to mentor the flock through the valley of life as well lead them beside still waters

Lets not get it twisted, a godly bishop(a care over and one who comes near) is a wonderful thing. When a love one is low down sick, they need someone to spiritually care over them and have the compassion to be like “one who comes near”(The Good Samaritan came near to help a Jew) It’s not about “likeability” but an application of Grace and Mercy”) The Eldership is akin to the “office of the Good Samaritan)

If word also means (one who comes near or the (“near watcher”), and designated a spiritual overseer of any Christian church. The responsibilities of Shepherds office have to do with the oversight and direction of the spiritual life of the local church through spiritual counseling.

The word “desire” is oregō, “to stretch one’s self out in order to touch or to grasp something, to reach after or desire something.” Thus the word means more than “to desire.” It includes the idea of reaching after or seeking. The word “desireth” is epithumeō, “to passionately long after.”

Translation: This is a trustworthy word. If a certain one is seeking the office of an overseer(one who comes near,a near watch wants to be a spiritual care provider ,a spiritual mentor he passionately desires a good work.

  1. Description Of The Shepherding Office

Let us not get it twisted, being Shepherd is not really a “spiritual boss” but is comprised of 3 functions.:

  • ELDER ( presbuterous)) is used in the OT as estimated 131 times to designate leaders. Although the root word suggest one who is aged it signifies experiences and wisdom and trustworthyness as well.
  1. The Elder trait would enable the individual had a “space of grace and time” to reach the intended result of eldership mentors the church to be wise wise toward God.
  2. The Elder translates into our life context as counselor.
  • OVERSEER translates the word episkipos that signifies a “guardian” or one standing near.
  1. The thought of the word is that of “nearness”, watchfulness and protectiveness.
  2. This trait would enable the Shepherd leader to provide the equipping, in ehe sense of training needed for the sheep.
  3. The modern word MENTOR would be a synonym in or world view today.
  • RULER translates several words that has various meanings.
  1. Hebrewss 13:7,17,24 . The Shepherd leaders are said to rule. The rule(egeomai) suggests “leading or guiding”. It also gives the thought that this “rule” is based on the esteemed that is held by their “followers” for their work sake(not “likeability”. It in no means about the position sake that calls for obedience but their character the calls for imitation.
  • SHEPHERD/PASTOR- Must find the sheep and bring them back. Lead the sheep to a place of safety. See that their needs are meet and Equip them for the Chief Shepherds task. Eph. 4:11-16
  1. The Function of the Shepherding office is a “good work”(Elder-Overseer-Shepherd). The work is wholesome and beneficial labor The work deals with peopleand their needs: spiritual, social, domestic, psychological and financial.

 

 The Shepherds Qualifications

 

  1. The Qualifications Of The Shepherding Office. 1 Tim. 3:2-7
  • Marital Qualifications

1 Timothy 3:2 (KJV)
2  A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

 

  1. “BLAMELES is anepilambanō, made up of lambanō, “to take,” and epi, “upon”; thus, the compound means “to lay hold upon,” and all this is stated in the negative by having prefixed to it the letter, Alpha, making the entire word mean, “one who cannot be laid hold upon.”(found out as a rascal) That is, a bishop must be of such a spotless character that no one can lay hold upon anything in his life which would be of such a nature as to cast reproach upon the cause of the Lord Jesus. He presents to the world at large such a Christian life that he furnishes no grounds for accusation. Expositors says: “It is not enough for him to be not criminal; he must be one against whom it is impossible to bring any charge of wrong doing such as could stand impartial examination. He must be without reproach (R.V.), irreprehensible (Trench).”

 

  1. THE HUSBAND OF ONE WIFE, the husband of one wife.” The Greek is mias (one) gunaikos (woman) andra (man). The word “man” is not anthrōpos, the generic term for man, but anēr, the term used of a male individual of the human race. The other two words are in the genitive case, while anēr is in the accusative. The literal translation is, “a man of one woman.” The words, when used of the marriage relation come to mean, “a husband of one wife.” The two nouns are without the definite article, which construction emphasizes character or nature. The entire context is one in which the character of the bishop is being discussed. Thus, one can translate, “a one-wife sort of a husband,” or “a one-woman sort of a man.”

The best view of this text concerning “ the husband of one wife” seems to be that the elder can not have more then one living wife. The phrase the way it is formed prohibits divorce and remarriage. There must be not record of marriage infidelity or unscriptural divorce on his (the Elders record). All must recognize that there is one woman that he is devoted.(See Romans 7:1-6

  • Personal Qualifications 3:2(b) There are 5 personal Qualification For Shepherds

1 Timothy 3:2 (KJV)
2  A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach

  1. TEMPERATE: This word is derive from a of a word that means “wineless”. It is not a physical intoxication but means to be free from “mental drunkenness” aka: from excess passion, rashness, confusion, etc. A person that is free from mental drunkenness mind and judgement would be clear. Not a mind that is “mentally drunk” toward things that concern the spiritual welfare of themselves and others. Compare 1 Tim 3:11; Titus 2:2(Noun Form Here) and 1 Thess. 5:6,8; 1 Peter 1:13;5:8 ;2 Tim. 4:5; 1 Peter 4:7(Verb Form)
  2. SELF CONTROLLED-This literally means “sound minded”. It is found only 4 times 1 Tim. 3:2, Titus 1:8; Titus 2:2, 5. However the root of this word occurs many times in the NT. This is a person who “thinks straight” or as the language of the times refers to “someone who has there “head on straight”. In touch with reality. He is not mentally confused. Compare Mark. 5:15. One who has a serious attitude but does not exclude a sense of humor.
  3. RESPECTABLE. “of good behavior” (kosmion). This is the same word seen in 1 Tim. 2:9 as “decency”. The shepherd must be an organized person. His life should exhibit planning and purpose.(planning and purpose to Educate, Edify and Evangelize)
  4. HOSPITABLE– literally it means “a lover of strangers” (philoxenon) A shepherd must be friendly, warm and responsive to new people he meets. He should be able to welcome them in the church family as well as into his home. Romans 12:13; Titus 1:8; Heb. 13:2 and he must do this without grumbling as well. (1 Peter 4:9)

ABLE(APT) TO TEACH.(didaktikon) (2 Tim. 2:24) The office demands the duel responsibilities of pastoring and teaching.(Eph. 4:11) He must have the gift of teaching imparted by the Spirit of God (Rom 12:7, 1 Cor. 12:28-29. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message..so that he can encourage those by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.(Titus 1:9). He must have the understanding of the biblical truth and the necessary oral and verbal skills to communicate that truth