The Qualifications for Ministerial Church Leaders


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2 Timothy 2:23-26
 
“But refuse to become involved in inane discussions; they always end up in fights. God’s bond servant must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey. You never know how or when God might sober them up with a change of heart and a turning to the truth, enabling them to escape the devil’s trap, where they are caught and held captive, forced to run his errands.”

1.  The Lord’s Bond-servant Is To Be Totally Obedient To God

VS 26 PAUL TALKS ABOUT BEING UNDER THE DEVIL & BEING HELD CAPTIVE BY THE DEVIL TO DO HIS WILL.

Jesus said in John 8, of the devil. “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father.”

2. The Lord’s Bond-servant Is To Stay Away From Foolish Talk

 
Look at vs 23 refuse to get involved in inane discussions
 
Refuse means to shun, to avoid, to reject.
 
Paul said to Timothy “Don’t be argumentative”

3. The Lord’s bond-servant is to be kind and patient.

Vs 24: “Be kind to all, be a gentle listener and a one who keeps cool….”

Argumentative – means quarrelsome, pugnacious

Do not be someone who is just looking for a fight.

4. The Lord’s Bond-servant Is To Be A Teacher of Scripture

Vs 24 a teacher who keeps cool