Elders are to be the spiritual “Father’s” of the church. They are to be examples of the Living Christ to their people. The Elders are to be the watchful father’s over the church family, fiercely loving and fiercely protective.
If you think of the church community as a flock of sheep, the elders are a team of pastors, shepherds who make sure those sheep are fed by day and protected by night. They ensure the nourishment of the sheep. They will kill any wolf that comes near.
Furthermore, the elders should serve as the battle leaders as the church takes on the gates of hell! These are the men who will carry the charge when and will petition the throne when danger ensues.
3. Elders are men who are blameless in the Community and Blameless in performing their office.
The Greek word for without one single fault (above reproach) is: anégklētos, it means making legal charges against someone in a court of law, but the person is not convictable when a person is properly scrutinized.
Titus 1:6-7 if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain,
Only a transformed liar can reach other liars. Only one who stands against the culture can transform the culture.
Titus 1:10-16 For there are many who are insubordinate (why an Elder must have children of the faith), empty talkers and deceivers (mind-seducers), especially those of the circumcision party. They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth. To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.
We have lost our purity. We have become so defiled by this culture, that we no longer believe, we no longer trust. We question everything.
The Word of God has a cleansing effect. The Word of God grows a pureness in your heart. The pure in Heart are blessed, for they shall see God.
Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Have you become defiled by the new American culture? Have you lost your faith in the power of the Word? Do you profess to know God, but you no longer see Him work in your life like He used to? Are your prayers half-hearted and without conviction? Are you afraid that someone might ask you about your belief in Jesus, and you wouldn’t know what to say?
Phillips: Titus 1:5-9 I left you in Crete to set right matters which needed attention, and gave you instructions to appoint elders in every city. They were to be men of unquestioned integrity with only one wife, and. To exercise spiritual oversight a man must be of unimpeachable virtue, for he is God's agent in the affairs of his household. He must not be aggressive or hot-tempered or over-fond of wine; nor must he be violent or greedy for financial gain. On the contrary, he must be hospitable, a genuine lover of what is good, a man who is discreet, fair-minded, holy and self-controlled: a man who takes his stand on the orthodox faith, so that he can by sound teaching both stimulate faith and confute opposition.
Our culture needs rescuing. Our society is failing. We need men and women of faith, not afraid to see Him who is invisible, Not afraid to follow Him who the world mocks and jeers at. Not afraid to stand counter to their culture, to show them the way to Jesus Christ.
The people are going down a slippery slope, after money, after themselves. They need to know the power of Jesus Christ!
Sir Thomas More, Lord Chancellor of England in the early 1500’s was known as the man for all seasons, for he stood against King Henry VIII who made a mockery of the church and divorced Catharine of Aragon for Ann Boleyn. His stand cost him his head, but his influence upon the politics of England endured for centuries. He was called the man for all seasons!