Monday, April 17, 2006
In his instructions to Timothy about how to be an elder, Paul says "Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers." (1 Timothy 4:16) How can watching our life and doctrine save not only us, but also others?
Our lives are constant examples to others. 1 Timothy 3:2 says an elder must be above reproach. In fact, Paul says in 3:4 that an elder’s family is to be an example. Our lifestyle choices can drive people away from Christ and His church. We need to guard against letting our life be a stumbling block for others. As leaders in our youth group, are you living as an example to our youth and their parents?
How can our doctrine save others? Paul says in 4:13 that the responsibility of an elder is to "devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching." Elders are to be watchmen of God's word. We need to be able to teach that word and doctrine to the congregation. Our doctrine has an impact on people’s salvation. As an example, if we teach salvation by works, we lead people to a hollow relationship with the Lord. They are sent down a wide road of destruction. We need to cherish and learn Biblical doctrine. We also need to understand what doctrine is essential. What doctrines are "hills to die on?"
So this week, ask yourself where have I let my guard down? My life or my doctrine? Also, what doctrines do you think are essential? Post here which ones and why.