If we were to take a poll of modern Christians and ask them what they think are some of the key issues facing the church today, what would be on that list? Certainly it would include things like, what is at the heart of the ministry of the church? How should women participate in the church? How important is the preaching ministry of the church, and what should the church’s preaching look like? How much diversity can we allow in the teaching and preaching ministry of the church? What is the church’s responsibility to the poor? What type of leadership should the church have? Who should occupy positions of leadership? What should the worship of the church entail?
The questions of today are not all that different from the questions the church wrestled with in the middle of the first century. And the good news is, Scripture has answers to these questions. In particular, the apostle Paul deals with these issues as he writes his two letters to his friend and coworker, Timothy. He may not treat them as exhaustively as we might like. He may not give specific answers to all of our modern questions. But he gives us guidance in wrestling with many of the problems and struggles that face the church today.
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“Overseers, then, fill the most important position in the church, and carry a tremendous weight of responsibility. They oversee, rule, teach and shepherd God’s people. Overseers, or elders, are the pastors of God’s people, who guard the church’s spiritual welfare. Thus, Paul says, it is a ‘noble work’, with the emphasis being not on the static position, but the active service. It is right, then, for those who are willing to be servants and shepherds of God’s people to ‘aspire’ to this office. Not all who aspire are necessarily called to this work. But it is right and good for men of God to be willing to give themselves for the work of God and to pour themselves out for the spiritual health of his people.” (Page 102)
“We do not like to hear that we can in no way earn our own salvation, but that we receive it by faith alone, trusting in Christ and his work. We do not like to hear that following Christ has certain ethical demands that call us to be holy as God is holy. The attraction is always to follow teachers who scratch our ‘itching ears’, and whose standards do not conflict with our own sinful ‘desires’.” (Page 286)
“separate. In other words, Paul forbids women both from teaching men and from having authority over men” (Page 91)
“that the serpent slid around the structure of authority that God had instituted for the first family” (Page 93)
“‘an unreal tale that only the gullible believe and follow, which produces nothing of value’.21” (Page 43)