1 Timothy 5

Paul gives some specific instructions to Timothy regarding the governance of the church that should guide us as well:

  • Respect everyone in the congregation.
  • Take care of those who don’t have anyone to take care of them. But even then, they should be trying to follow God.
  • Younger widows are expected to marry again. No widows are to engage in immorality!
  • Although there is a plurality of elders in the church, recognize the ones who lead well, especially those who are teaching elders. They are to be recompensed for their service.
  • Accusations against elders need to be verified. If true, then the offending party should be rebuked.
  • Do not show favoritism in the church.
  • Be careful about elevating others to leadership. Make sure they are worthy. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell!

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