Sermon: Biblical Leadership (1 Timothy 5:17-25)

Biblical Leadership

1 Timothy 5:17–25

 

1 Timothy 3:15a if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God,

 

I. Leaders Who Serve Well and Are Held in Honor (vv. 17–18)

 

1 Timothy 5:17–18 says, 17 Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”

 

A. Clarification of Who is to Lead a Healthy New Testament Church (v. 17)

 

verse 17, the elders who rule.

 

B. The Work of Preaching and Teaching (v. 17)

 

1 Timothy 5:17b says, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.

 

C. Respect and Support (v. 17)

 

1 Timothy 5:17a says, Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor . . .

 

1 Thessalonians 5:12 says, We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you,

 

(v. 18) For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”

 

1 Corinthians 9:14, where Paul says, In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.

 

II. Leaders Who Are Protected and Held Accountable (vv. 19–20)

 

1 Timothy 5:19–20 says, 19 Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 20 As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.

 

A. Good Leaders Need Protection from Bad People

 

1 Corinthians 4:3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself.

 

Matthew 11:19a says, The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard.

 

1 Timothy 5:19, Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.

 

B. Good People Need Protection from Bad Leaders

 

1 Timothy 5:20 says, As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.

 

III. Leaders Who Are Bearing Healthy Fruit Now and Forevermore (vv. 24–25)

 

1 Timothy 5:24–25 says, 24 The sins of some people are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later. 25 So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden.

 

The end of verse 24 says, the sins of others appear later.

 

verse 22a, Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands . . .

 

1 Timothy 5:25 says, So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden.

 

Philippians 2:9–10 says, 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

 

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