PASTORAL LETTER 36 by monkey6


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In reading 1 Tim 1:3-20, we learn that leadership is influence. Leadership is too much to do and not enough time. Leadership is everyone wanting a piece of your time. Leadership is unrealistic expectations. Leadership is pressure from followers that never lets up. Leadership is a balancing act. The focus of a mentor is to: A. To stay at it (1:3) Abide there. Remain there. Endure (hupomeno). Hang in there to correct the wrongs that are in the Ephesians’ church. The mandate for a leader (Timothy) was to: 1. Command heretics to refrain from destroying the church 2. Command them to stop myths and genealogies A Christian leader must know the five characteristics of this heretic: a) He is driven by the desire for novelty. b) He exalts the mind at the expense of the heart. c) He deals in argument instead of actions (myths and genealogies). d) She is moved by arrogance rather than by humility. d) He is guilty of dogmatism without knowledge. How should a Christian respond to this heretic? (1:5) a) Base your thinking on faith. b) Our thinking must be motivated by love. c) Our thinking must come from a pure heart. This is “katharos” i.e. a clean heart without any soiling or debasing admixture. d) Our thinking must come from a good conscience. The real meaning of conscience (suneidesis) is a knowing with oneself. e) Our thinking must be of sincere faith. B. Communicate the truth (1:3-4) Leaders must command (parangello). A leader is a person of authority. She has a definite commission to hold the false teachers in check. She is expected to take a strong line with them. C. Concentrate on the target (1:5) “The goal of this…” The purpose of this command, the aim of our charge. Leaders who know their target are characterised by 8 Cs (Hans Finzel 1998:22): a) Cultivating the vision b) Creating a clear organisation c) Choosing the right team d) Changing the culture e) Coaching the Team f) Caring for the troops g) Curing the problems h) Checking on the progress D. Remember the standard (1:6-11) a) The sound doctrine i.e. health-giving teaching. b) The glorious gospel i.e. glorious good news of forgiveness for past sins, and of power to conquer sin in the days to come. c) The good news which comes from God. It is good news revealed by God. d) The good news comes through people. It is good news entrusted to Paul who entrusted it to us. E. Obey the command (1:12-20) Why should a leader be obedient? (1:12-14): a) God chooses them. b) God trusts them. c) God appoints them. d) God empowers them. A Spirit-filled leader should always remember where he comes from, where God has brought him through – that he was a sinner. Like Paul, this memory is:


1. The surest way to keep one from all pride 2. The surest way to keep one’s gratitude aflame 3. The constant urge to greater effort 4. Bound to be a constant encouragement to others As leaders, we are called to fight a good fight (campaign): “God is the general, life is the campaign, man is the soldier” (Maximus of Tyre) “For me to live, my dear Lucilius, is to be a soldier” (Seneca) 1. It is not to a battle that we are summoned, it is to a campaign. 2. It is to a fine campaign that leaders are summoned. 3. Leaders are encouraged to take up two weapons (1:19): a) Faith b) Good conscience: “The virtue is gone out of a man’s message when his conscience condemns him as he speaks” (William Barclay) A leader’s courage is based on faith and clear conscience. She must be careful of the heretics among the believers (1:19-20): 1. They have rejected the guidance of conscience 2. They have relapsed into evil practices 3. They have taken to false teaching How to deal with these heretics? Hand them over to Satan. What does this mean? 1. Excommunicate them. 2. Abandon them to the world. 3. Hand them over to Satan for the destruction of their flesh.

Kelebogile Thomas Resane YFCI/Africa Training Dept


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