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Sermon Study Notes
By Lewis C. Lampley
Title: Who Qualifies To Be a Pastor-teacher?
Text: 1 Tim.3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9
Purpose: To highlight the biblical qualifications for a pastor-teacher
The highest leadership position on planet is that of a pastor-teacher. In Ephesians 4:11, we read of the risen and exalted Christ giving gifts to the church, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers”. The phrase “pastor and teachers” is best understood in context as a single office of leadership in the church. The normal meaning of pastor is “shepherd,” so the two functions together define the teaching shepherd.
The pastor-teacher has direct influence on the spiritual well-being of the church. It is not surprising, then, that the Scriptures list a number of specific spiritual quali-
fications. Let’s review them as they are laid out to Timothy and Titus (1 Tim.3:1-7; Titus 5-9).
Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe, who for years was the teacher on the Back to Bible Broad-
Cast has highlighted the character qualities of a pastor-teacher by grouping them into seven categories. He contends and I concur that “a person who qualifies for church leadership must possess: a good reputation, self-control, godly values, a loving heart, a healthy home, a mature faith, and a teachable mind.”
I. A PASTOR-TEACHER MUST POSSESS A GOOD REPUTATION
A. What are the ingredients of a good reputation?
1. A blameless lifestyle (1 Tim.3:2; Titus 1:6,7)
2. A good testimony among those outside (1 Tim.3:7)
3. A display of good behavior (1 Tim.3:2)
B. Why is reputation so important? It earns respect.
II. A PASTOR-TEACHER MUST POSSESS SELF-CONTROL
A. Definition: A self-controlled person chooses to live for God instead of
B. Delineation: A self-controlled person not only makes a positive choice, but also avoids four negative actions:
1. A self-controlled pastor-teacher is not “given to wine” (1 Tim.3:3; Titus 1:7)
2. A self-controlled pastor-teacher is not “quarrelsome” (1 Tim.3:3)
3. A self-controlled pastor-teacher is not “self-willed” (Titus 1:7)
4. A self-controlled pastor-teacher is not “quick-tempered” (Titus 1:7)
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III. A PASTOR-TEACHER MUST POSSESS GODLY VALUES
Values do matter. A pastor-teacher is to show his flock what God values by
what he values. Godly values unfold before the flock and the community when:
A. The pastor-teacher is “not to greedy for money” (1 Tim.3:3, 8;Titus 1:7).
B. The pastor-teacher is “not to be covetous” (1 Tim.3:3).
C. The pastor-teacher is “a lover of what is good” (Titus 1:8).
D. The pastor-teacher is “holy” (Titus 1:8)
IV. A PASTOR-TEACHER MUST POSSESS A LOVING HEART
A loving heart is exegeted both negatively and positively in 1 Cor.13:1-8. The
following character traits will demonstrate how a pastor-teacher expresses love.
A. A pastor-teacher who loves his flock demonstrates “gentleness” (1Tim.3:3).
B. A pastor-teacher who loves his flock is not “violent” (1. Tim.3:3).
C. A pastor-teacher who loves his flock is “hospitable” (1 Tim.3:2 Titus 1:8).
V. A PASTOR-TEACHER MUST POSSESS A HEALTHY HOME
A pastor-teacher’s home life is the most revealing aspect of his character and
leadership ability. That is why Paul, in the lists he presents in 1 Timothy and
Titus, gives four qualifications that deal with the spiritual health of the leader’s
A. The pastor-teacher is to be the “husband of one wife” (1 Tim.3:2; Titus 1:6).
What does that mean? “a one woman kind of man.”
B. The pastor-teacher is “able to rule his own house well” (1 Tim.3:4
C. The pastor-teacher’s children are to “be in subjection with all sincerity” (1 Tim.3:4; Titus 1:6).
D. The pastor-teacher’s children are to be “be well behaved” (Titus 1:6)
Meaning, literally, “having children who believe”
VI. A PASTOR-TEACHER MUST POSSESS A MATURE FAITH
A mature faith is a proven and steady faith – a faith that is experienced and
C. The pastor-teacher must not be a “new believer” (1 Tim.3:6).
D. The pastor-teacher must be holding fast the “faithful word” (Titus 1:9).
E. The pastor-teacher must able to “exhort and convict”(Titus 1:9; 1 Tim.3:2).
VII. A PASTOR-TEACHER MUST POSSESS A TEACHABLE MIND
A. Able to teach (1 Tim.3:2)
1. The pastor-teacher must be able to “convince” others regarding biblical truth.
2. The pastor-teacher must be willing to be taught.
“The best teachers are those who see themselves as communicators of truth, not the originators of it.”
B. Vigilant (1 Tim.3:2)
C. Sober-minded (1 Tim.3:2; Titus 1:8)
D. Just (Titus 1:8)
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Recapitulation – a pastor-teacher must possess a good reputation, self-control, godly values, a loving heart, a healthy home, a mature faith, and a teachable mind.” Those, then, are the character traits of a godly leader.
Application – God requires and expects no less of him and makes known in (Heb.13:17). Also that verse contains an obligation, a response, and a warning!