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Those Who Teach

Good Friday morning to you! James gives a warning to those who teach the Word of God. They are held to a higher standard. He writes:

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. – James 3:1 (NIV)

The teaching and preaching of God’s Word is so very important to the life of the church and followers of Jesus Christ. Those who handle it must do so with great care. Not only are we to be concerned with the Word itself, but those who hear it and who sit under our teaching. Hebrews says that the Word of God is sharper than a sword. Many have had their faith cut to pieces because the Word was handled incorrectly and wielded recklessly. May God have mercy on those of us who teach. May God give wisdom and discernment to those who sit under our teaching. May we all honor God and obey His Word faithfully until Christ returns.

Honor and Respect Your Church Leaders

Being a preacher or an elder is a tough job.  This is why Paul tells Timothy:

The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. ​- 1 Timothy 5:17 (NIV)​

But what does that mean?  I think it means a couple of things.  First, it means that elders and preachers who do their job well deserve respect.  God has given them the authority to lead in His church.  God, who directs all things in the church, has given the authority for leadership in local congregations to the elders, including those who preach and teach.  When the elders do a good job of shepherding the flock and leading the church, they should have the respect and trust of the church family.  Second guessing the every decision those in leadership make leads to very long days and nights for church leaders.  Honor your elders and leaders by respecting them and trusting them.  They have invested themselves in God’s Kingdom through study and prayer and those who do their job well deserve to be honored.
Secondly, I think that those who have given themselves to serving the Lord by serving the church in full-time Christian service should be compensated well.  Granted, I could be accused of having a conflict of interest here, but I really do believe that this is what Paul is telling Timothy here toward the end of chapter 5.  I have always been taken care of by the churches I have served.  I will not complain about compensation because I know that God is the One who provides for my needs.  I have yet to miss a meal or not have clothing for my child because a church did not provide adequate compensation.  I thank God for the elders I have served with through the past nearly 18 years of ministry.  They have taken such good care of me and my family.  I believe that I have a responsibility to God and to His people to do my best and earn the compensation I receive rather than to expect or demand that I be paid well for laziness or half-hearted effort.
Take good care of your elders and your preachers.  It’s a tough job God has called us to, but it is also very rewarding.  May God bless the elders and preachers who serve and lead well in His church.
1 Timothy 5:17-21 (NIV)
17 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. 18 For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.” 19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. 20 But those elders who are sinning you are to reprove before everyone, so that the others may take warning. 21 I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism.

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