Grace-Filled Leaders: A Job Description

Sermon: “Grace-Filled Leaders: A Job Description”

Series: Grace for the Church, Hope for the World

Bible Text: Titus 1:5-9 (focus on vs. 9)

Preached May 5, 2013 by Jimmy Davis

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Sermon Summary:

In Titus 1:5-8, Paul is giving us a description of the character of Grace-Filled Leaders.  These are the character qualities that Grace-Filled Leaders are to EXEMPLIFY.  Titus 1:5-8 answers the question, “What are Grace-Filled leaders to BE?”  And David showed us in last week’s sermon that Paul says they are to be “above reproach” in their REALTIONSHIPS and in their CONDUCT.

In Titus 1:9, Paul is giving us the job description or the calling Grace-Filled Leaders are to fulfill.  These are the responsibilities of Grace-Filled Leaders: EMBRACE the gospel, ENCOURAGE believers with the gospel, and EXPOSE false teachers/teaching with the gospel.  Titus 1:9 answers the question, “What are Grace-Filled leaders to DO?”

Grace-Filled Leaders EMBRACE the Gospel “Hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught . . . “ (Titus 1:9)

Leaders who EXEMPLIFY Christ will be CONTINUALLY SHAPED by the gospel of Christ.  I need to be daily putting myself under God's gospel stylus to be carved and shaped . . . to have His character written on my heart, in my relationships, in my conduct.

Grace-Filled Leaders ENCOURAGE with the Gospel “So that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine“ (Titus 1:9)

Just as Christ through others has used the stylus of the trustworthy word of the gospel to MARK LEADERS with the character of Jesus, so leaders must be used by God to use that same gospel to MARK OTHERS.

Grace-Filled Leaders EXPOSE with the Gospel “So that he may be able to . . . rebuke those who contradict it“ (Titus 1:9)

If the gospel is “sound doctrine,” healthy truth that makes God’s people healthy, then we must protect ourselves and our people from FALSE GOSPELS . . . from “religious” gospels (see Galatians 2:11-14), and from “irreligious” gospels (see 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10).

The church needs Grace-Filled Leaders who have been marked with character that EXEMPLIFIES the gospel, and who fulfill their calling to be characters in the Gospel Story as they EMBRACE the gospel in order to mark others by ENCOURAGING believers with the true gospel and EXPOSING those who teach false gospels.

Reflection Questions

  1. For elders and deacons:  Do you see your job as mainly managing the church or as mainly making disciples?  Which one of these fits better with Titus 1:9, and how?  In light of this, what changes do you need to make in the way you fulfill your calling?
  2. For those who are not church officers:  Although church leaders do have specific responsibilities others don’t have, there is a sense in which some expectations of church leaders are also the expectations Jesus has for every believer.  According to what we’ve discovered in this passage, how is every believer’s job description similar to the job description given leaders in Titus 1:9?
  3. In light of Titus 1:5-8, how will you more specifically pray for the leaders God has appointed in your church?