Titus 1:5 – appoint leaders according to Paul’s qualifications…not for other reasons.
Titus 1:8 – Elders must be hospitable, loving what is good, self controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.
- Hospitable – loving strangers, not just friends or people in the congregation
- Loving what is good – things/characteristics that remind you of God and does not offend his characteristics. Purity, love, holiness, etc. Not loving evil things.
- Self-controlled – to think soundly and use common sense. To keep your head. Not given to wild or foolish ideas. Thinking unlike other people.
- Upright – living knowing people are watching. Are you doing things that would bring disgrace on Christ’s name.
- Holiness – truely pure, clean in private, not just in public, as what you do in private indicates your true character.
- Disciplined – ability to control oneself. A daily surrender to God’s Spirit.
- Titus 1:9 – Holding firm to the Word of God, as it is truely capable of changing hearts, minds and souls. Scripture is God-breathed. This is so he can exhort in sound doctrine and refute (show people their sins) those who contradict.