Teaching Notes are Bible studies we taught before GraceLife Ministries began publishing articles online in 1995. Some were presented as sermons, others as group studies.

Our hope is that these older studies will be a blessing to you in your life and ministry. Please use them in any way God leads you.

These teaching notes are from a series of studies about the Duties of a Church Leader.

[These notes are from a radio broadcast study taught more than 40 years ago. You can read Part 1 by clicking here and Part 2 by clicking here.]

Taken from the Letters of Paul to Timothy

The Church Leader Should:

21. Not take a widow into the care of the Church unless:

  • She is more than 60 years of age
  • She was the wife of one man
  • She was well reported of for good works
  • She brought up children
  • She was hospitable to strangers
  • She has been a servant to the Church
  • She has given relief to the afflicted
  • She has followed every good work with diligence

22. Not take younger widows into the care of the Church because they will remarry

23. Teach that elders that rule well are to be counted worthy of double honor

24. Not receive an accusation against an elder without having two or three witnesses

25. Rebuke unrepentant elders before the whole Church, so that others may also fear

26. Not be preferential or partial in his treatment of Church members

27. Not send a man into the ministry quickly or suddenly

28. Keep himself pure in every area of his rule and administration of the Church

29. Teach servants (e.g. employees) to honor their masters (e.g. employers), especially if they are saved

30. Withdraw from those who teach contrary to the exhortation of Jesus and His apostles

Next Time

We will look at ten more Duties of a Church Leader in the next part of our special series.

[Thank you for reading these teaching notes from more than 40 years ago. My prayer is they will be a blessing to you and your ministry.]