Appointing Elders
Titus 1:5-9
Elders MUST BE above reproach BECAUSE they are God's stewards.
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Published April 22nd, 2016
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Even though the grammatical anchor of this phrase is the reason that Paul left Titus in Crete - the weight of the passage lies in the qualifications of elders/overseers - primarily being above reproach. Being above reproach is absolutely essential for elders because they are stewards of God - they are taking care of people on God's behalf - so they must be held to the highest standards. This is a challenge to all in church leadership. It's easy to fall into the temptation of looking at the messy lives around us and to think that since we are "better, holier, more upright" than others, that we're doing OK. But our standard should never be being better than others. Our standard should be the standard which God sets - we are to be above reproach. No one should be able to look at our lives and accurately accuse us of sin.
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Titus 1:5-9
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Titus' Role in Crete
Relative Phrase
This is
Means of 5d & 5f
Substantival phrase
why I left you
Prepositional Phrase
in Crete,
Locative of 5b
Substantival Phrase
so that you might put ... into order,
Anchor: Reasons for Titus in Crete (5e is Context for 5d)
Relative Phrase
what remained
Conjunction Phrase
and appoint elders
Prepositional Phrase
in every town
Context of 5f
Prepositional Phrase
as I directed you—
Manner of 5f
Above Reproach in Family Relationships
Conjunction Phrase
if anyone is above reproach,
Content of 5h
Conjunction Phrase
the husband
Example #1 of 6a
Genetive Phrase
of one wife,
Distinction of 6b
Substantival Phrase Conjunction Phrase
and his children are believers
Example #2 of 6a
Conjunction Phrase
and not open
Negative of 6d
Prepositional Phrase
to the charge
Context of 6e
Genetive Phrase
of debauchery
Content #1 of 6f
Conjunction Phrase
or insubordination.
Content #2 of 6f
Conjunction Phrase
For an overseer, ... must be above reproach.
Explanation of 6a
Prepositional Phrase
as God’s steward,
Ground of 7a
Above Reproach in Character
He must not be arrogant
Unmarked Phrase
Negative of 7a
Conjunction Phrase
or quick- tempered
Conjunction Phrase
or a drunkard
Conjunction Phrase
or violent
Conjunction Phrase
or greedy for gain,
Conjunction Phrase
but hospitable,
Example of 7a
Conjunction Phrase ("and" implied by the comma)
a lover of good,
Conjunction Phrase
self- controlled,
Conjunction Phrase
upright,
Conjunction Phrase
holy,
Conjunction Phrase
and disciplined.
Above Reproach in Teaching
Unmarked Phrase
He must hold firm
Example of 7a
Prepositional Phrase
to the trustworthy word
Context of 9a
Prepositional Phrase
as taught,
Manner of 9a
Conjunction Phrase
so that he may be able
Purpose of 9a
Infinitive Phrase
to give instruction
Content #1 of 9d
Prepositional Phrase
in sound doctrine
Context of 9e
Conjunction Phrase
and also to rebuke those
Content #2 of 9d
Relative Phrase
who contradict it.
Distinction of 9g
The reason the overseer must be above reproach is BECAUSE he is God's steward. My translation would be (bearing in mind I don't know much Greek): "It's absolutely necessary that an overseer be above reproach because he is God's steward."
Even though the grammatical anchor of this phrase is the reason that Paul left Titus in Crete - the weight of the passage lies in the qualifications of elders/overseers - primarily being above reproach. Being above reproach is absolutely essential for elders because they are stewards of God - they are taking care of people on God's behalf - so they must be held to the highest standards. This is a challenge to all in church leadership. It's easy to fall into the temptation of looking at the messy lives around us and to think that since we are "better, holier, more upright" than others, that we're doing OK. But our standard should never be being better than others. Our standard should be the standard which God sets - we are to be above reproach . No one should be able to look at our lives and accurately accuse us of sin.
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