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The Need for Godly Men, Pt. 2

October 7, 2012 Speaker: Brent Small

Topic: Leadership Passage: Titus 1:5–1:5

In this sermon podcast, Pastor Brent looks at the New Testament model for elder leadership in the New Testament. In doing so, he presents three components of this model: the need, the directives and the role of New Testament elders.

In Titus 1:5 the Apostle Paul directs Titus to appoint elders in every church. Paul and Titus had discovered a glaring need in the church on the island of Crete, the need for godly leadership. The churches were spiritually sick and had been infiltrated by false teachers. Therefore, Titus was to go back into the church and set in place what was lacking, namely elders who were qualified and could lead the churches.

This directive to establish elders in every church was a directive not only given to Titus. In fact, the New Testament model for church leadership was an elder leadership structure. Beginning with the narrative of the book of Acts and also surveying the Epistles, we find an abundance of evidence that elder leadership was the clear model for the local church.

In this message, Pastor Brent provides a brief overview of what the New Testament has to say about elder leadership and its importance for the local church.