Excellent Leadership      Titus 1:5-16      May 16, 2004
Email the writer James McCullen

Introduction
Leadership causes a Church to rise or fall. Recently in a community ministers meeting a leader asked for all pastors to give him the name of four dedicated male leaders in their respective churches. Two pastors said we don't have any. In Baptist life, Pastors must have qualified leaders. The lesson calls for excellent leaders, and cites several characteristics.

1.    The . . Selection of Excellent Leadership. v 5
    Excellent leaders must be selected from among the membership. They will set things in order as (with the pastor) they recommend, and oversee the alignment of the church with biblical principals. Paul told Timothy to appoint such leaders in every church. Today, in different ways our churches seek out and elect leaders that make a significant difference.

    A.    The . . Alignment through Excellent Leadership. v 5a
        "The reason I left you in Crete was to set right what was left undone and,"

    B.    The . . Appointment of Excellent Leadership. v 5b
        "as I directed you, to appoint elders in every town:"
 

2.    The . . Specifications for Excellent Leadership. v 5-8
    How a leader interacts with his family qualifies or disqualifies him for leadership. He must
be a one woman man, and able to influence and control his children. Help for interpreting "one wife" comes from 2 Cor.11:2, and 1 Tim. 5:9. This is not saying one at a time, because polygamy did not exist in the early church. The reputation of this man needs to recommend him. In a church I pastored a man volunteered for the chairmanship of the deacons. No one opposed him, but after his election It was discovered he had a poor reputation in paying his bills. He should not have been a deacon much less the chairman because of the requirement of verse seven. The man must be considered righteous, with the righteousness of Christ, and that of a life disciplined through the power of the Spirit.

    A.    The . . Relatives of Excellent Leadership. v 6-7a
        6 someone who is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused
        of wildness or rebellion. 7 For an overseer, as God's manager,

    B.    The . . Reputation of Excellent Leadership. v 7a - 8a
    "must be blameless, not arrogant, not quick tempered, not addicted to wine, not a bully, not greedy
    for money, 8 but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible,"

    C.    The . . Righteousness of Excellent Leadership. v 8b
        " righteous, holy, self-controlled,"

3.    The . . Soundness of Excellent Leadership. v 9-11
    Leaders must be sound in doctrine in such a way they can stand solidly in defending the
biblical message, and also refute false doctrine. In my home church, the pastor and deacons were men of sound doctrine, and it affected the entire church. The deacons must be able to identify deceivers, and put down rebellious people, and their false doctrine. Excellent leaders must pinpoint dishonest people who seek to lead the church for the wrong reasons. In my California pastorate I did not understand the time set for a meeting, and I arrived late. The deacons had already squelched the emphasis of non Baptist doctrine, and when I arrived all I had to say was, Amen! I thank the men for their stand.

    A.    Excellent Leaders with the Soundness to . . Prove A Defense. v 9
        9 holding to the faithful message as taught, so that he will be able both to encourage with sound
        teaching and to refute those who contradict it.

    B.    Excellent Leaders with the Soundness to . . Put Down Deceivers. v 10
        10 For there are also many rebellious people, idle talkers and deceivers, especially those from
        Judaism.

    C.    Excellent Leaders with the Soundness to . . Pinpoint Dishonesty. v 11
        "It is necessary to silence them; they overthrow whole households by teaching for
        dishonest gain what they should not.

4.    The . . Superiority of Excellent Leadership. v 12-16
    Excellent leadership knows the superiority of biblical teaching, identifies false theology, and
contrasts the prophetic message of scripture with that of heresies. Myths and commandments of men also need to be identified, and rejected. Incorrect theology, or no belief system, produces a false idea of purity or a total rejection of that which is true. A person's profession of faith will be identified by the works they perform. All of us can be better leaders as we yield to the leading of the Lord. Let's do it! Amen? Amen!

    A.    Superiority Over False . . Messages. v12-13
        12 One of their very own prophets said, Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.
        13 This testimony is true. So, rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith
        1.    Superiority In The . . Remarks of Prophets. v 12
        2.    Superiority In The . . Rebuking of Their Prophets. v 13

    B.    Superiority Over Fanciful . . Myths and Commandments of Men. v14
14 and may not pay attention to Jewish myths and the commandments of men who reject the truth.

        1.    Superiority In The . . Rejections of Myths. v 14a
        2.    Superiority In The . . Rejection of Man Made Commandments. v 14b

    C.    Superiority Over A Filthy . . Mind. v15
        15 To the pure, everything is pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving
        nothing is pure; in fact, both their mind and conscience are defiled.
            1.    Contrast Superiority In . . Purity. v 15a
            2.    Contrast Superiority In . . Perceptiveness. v 15b

    D.    Superiority Over Flighty . . Meanderings v16
    They profess to know God, but they deny Him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, and disqualified for any good work.
    1.    Superiority Over Flighty . . Professions. v 16a
    2.    Superiority Over Flighty . . Performance. v 16a