Preaching is a great task. It must not be taken lightly.
For one to be the best preacher possible he must live consistently with what he preaches.
In this lesson we will note some characteristics of a good minister with with a view toward applying them to our lives.
CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD MINISTER - 4:6-16
Remind brethren - v. 6
Remind - HUPOTITHEMENOS - signifies it causes one to remember; to put one in mind of... often implies suggestion - (suggest these things to the brethren)
No one likes to be told anything
Especially an older person by a younger person.
I Peter 1:12
II Peter 3:1
Truth can be rejected because of the way it is communicated.
Lead - don't push
See Acts 8:31 - "guides me" (ASV)
See I Timothy 5 - Older people require more gentleness and respect.
Remember that Timothy is having to teach the church, young and old (including elders) about these coming problems...
Minister - DIAKONOS - same word as servant or deacon.
This involves EVERYONE who serves in the Word - not just the preacher... but including him.
Paul reminds Timothy of how he was taught. (How often we forget )
Train yourself to be GODLY - v. 7
Train - exercise - GUMNAZE - primarily signifies "to exercise naked" then, generally
to exercise or train the body or mind. Our English word gymnastics comes from this.
Godly - godliness - EUSEBEIA - "to be devout" denotes that piety which is characterized
by a God ward attitude, does that which is well pleasing to him.
Translated: WORSHIP - Acts 17:23
How do we train for worship?
Have nothing to do with godless myths - v. 7
Realize the eternal value and rewards of godliness - v. 8
Labor and strive to put our hope in the lord - v. 9
Command and teach (these things) - v. 11
Shun profane and old wives tales - v. 7a
Train yourselves to be godly - v. 7b
Implies command. Never reject what God has intended for you - receive with thanksgiving - v. 3-5
Implies command. Believes in the living God and His promises and will accept Him through
genuine faith - v. 8-9
Apostasy is coming in the form of Asceticism - v. 1-3
That error is an insult to God and His whole creation - v. 4-5
An excellent minister is one who is nourished by the sound doctrine and communicates it to others - v.6
"Brought up" - nourished
The benefits which come from Godly living transcend those which result from physical training - v. 8-10
"Let no man despise your youth"
Exercise wisdom in "how" you teach.
Comment: The largest complaint that people have in the church today about young men who are
preachers is their attitude in their teaching. They come on like gang busters trying to tell
all the "old heads" what they are doing wrong. Thus, many younger men who have a lot to say
cannot be heard because their youth is despised.
Be an example - v. 13
Example - TUPOS - primarily denotes a blow; to strike, hence, an impression; the mark of a blow
that impresses a seal; the stamp made by a die. A pattern.
"For the believers"
Areas of examples:
No idle talk
I Tim. 1:4; 4:7; 6:20
Care for HOW you say something
I Tim. 5:1
In life (conduct)
There is a daily examination of our lives
How we live affects our work
I Tim. 5:24-25
I Cor. 13
Hopes all things
Believes all things
Endures all things
Takes no account of evil
In faith (trust - trustworthiness)
You cannot sell something effectively that you don't believe in.
Hebrews 11 - example of those who lived and died in faith.
II Cor. 5:7
A complete conformity in thought and actions with God's moral laws.
Proper relationships with the opposite sex
I Tim. 5:2
Note: The youth who is despised is the man who will NOT do these things.
HIS OBLIGATION UNTIL PAUL ARRIVES - 4:13-16
Devote yourself to (the) reading - v. 13
Public reading - ANAGINOSKO - to read aloud
II Cor. 3:14-15
Devote yourself to exhortation (preaching - (NIV))
Exhortation - PARAKALEO‚ - to urge or exhort; to give comfort... including a warning or advise and encouragement.
This exhortation was to be based on what was read. Thus, the NIV translates - preaching.
Implies urgency - a word used for military orders - a command
Devote yourselves to TEACHING
Teaching - DIDASKO - instruction
Again, from what was being read
Do not neglect your gift
Laying on of hands by the elders - a sign of recognition for the work he was doing
Not miraculous - These only came by the laying on of the "APOSTLES'" hands - Acts 8:18
This GIFT is referred to in II Tim 1:6
I Tim. 4:14 - "by"
II Tim. 1:6 - "through"
Be diligent in these matters - (reading, exhortation and teaching) - v. 15
Give yourself wholly to them.
Make your progress visible.
Be careful - watch your life closely - v. 16a
Persevere - keep on keeping on - v. 16b
The result: Salvation of self and others - v. 16c
I Cor. 3:10-15
To practice these principles will result in the salvation of those who hear.