Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 5th February 2017
Quarter Theme: Foundation For Christian Living
Topic: Faithful Behavior for leaders: Faithful in all things.
Texts: 1 Timothy 3:1-16
Memory Verse: ‘Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task.” (1 Tim. 3:1 NIV)
In our previous study, we looked at Paul’s instructions to us as ordinary men and women with regards to our personal lives; touching on issues like prayers, the gospel and authority/order between husband and wife in a marriage relationship.
Today, we look at Paul’s instructions to Timothy with regards to leadership in the house of God. This is key to God’s heart because the quality of leadership determines the effectiveness of the church in fulfilling God’s kingdom mandate (1 Tim 1:15). From our text, Paul made it clear that there are two sets of leadership/governance for each local assembly- bishops and deacons.
Here Paul deals with the requirement for anyone who must occupy the position of leadership in any of those capacity. It is important to note that these are not qualifications to pursue or attain, rather are qualities of life for any one that must be considered for positional service in God’s house. They are not a form to put on or an appearance to wear, rather fruits that should flow from a committed and rich Christian life. The good news is that every Christian has a calling in one area or the other and these fruits of leadership is applicable.
In dealing with these qualities of life, Paul shared four (4) broad areas of our life that these fruits must be evident if we must be qualified to be considered for leadership in God’s house. In order words, a faithful leader is one who is complete and balanced in these four cardinal areas of life, which covers the entire circumference of a believer’s day to day life. They are:
- Our personal life
- Our family life
- Our communal life
- Our life of service
We trust God to x-ray these four areas of our lives in line with the qualities outlined by Paul here, along with other fine details of this passage, so that in us and through us, the church will arise and reach God’s heart in ensuring we are prepared as that are fit and meet for the masters use if chosen to provide leadership to His Church.
- Who is an overseer (Bishop) and who is a deacon? Tit 1:5-9; Acts 6:1-7; 1 Pet 5:1-4
- What is the role of a Bishop?
- What is the role of a Deacon?
- From vs. 1, discuss the implications of Paul’s statement, “…If anyone...”
- Outline and discuss the quality of life required for any one that must lead in the Lord’s house for each of the following 4 cardinal areas:
- The Leader as a person – (vs. 2-3, 6, 8-9; Tit 1: 7-9; Acts 6:3)
- The Leader as a family man – Husband and Father (vs. 4-5,11-12; Tit 1:6)
- The leader in the world/community as colleague, neighbor and friend – to outsiders ( vs. 7; Acts 6:3)
- The leader as a servant – (vs. 10)
- Do you think the church (e.g. VFC) considers these instruction when choosing her leaders today?
- What can the church do to prepare its members for faithful leadership based on the instructions outlined in the passage?
- What are the benefits of faithful and effective service as a leaders in God’s house? (vs. 13,15; Matt 25:21; 1 Pet 5:4)