We are looking at 1 Timothy and the qualifications, character-wise, for fivefold ministers and others in Church leadership… The Scripture states:
“This is a faithful saying:If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober- minded (self-controlled), of good behaviour (respectable), hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.”
To serve the Church, a fivefold minister and leader …”is temperate; self-controlled”
Self-control consists of the right use of one’s will under the controlling power and influence of the Holy Spirit. It must be an outgrowth of the Spirit’s inner working in a person’s life “both to will and to do of His good pleasure”(Philippians 2:13). It is part of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
Fivefold tans-local ministers are discipled people. They are able to control their desires and impulses. This means having control on the appetites of our lives. All of us have appetites and ambitions that need to be under the Lord’s control. Sampson lost his valid leadership anointing because he couldn’t control his sexual appetite. Moses didn’t fulfill his destiny to go into the Promised Land because he cold not deal effectively with anger in his life. These examples are written and recorded for our benefit so that we can learn from them. It is imperative that a leader have his personal life and ministry under the control of the Holy Spirit.
To serve the Church, a fivefold minister and leader … “is respectable”
The Greek word translated “respectable is ‘kosmios.’ The English word “cosmetics” comes from the same root word. In Titus 2:10, the very ‘kosmeo’ is translated “to adorn.”
This simply means being diligent and consistent in the way one lives so as to not take away from the impact you can have in your neighbourhood and district. The leaders life should “adorn” the Gospel of the Kingdom through living a life-style that properly corresponds with the character of God.
To serve the Church, a fivefold minister and leader … “is hospitable”
Quite simply, “being hospitable” means “being fond of guests.” The home of a fivefold minister and/or church leader is an open home where people of all kinds feel welcome. A fivefold leader maintains a gracious and generous attitude towards others. Those in the fivefold ministry are willing to help, to come to others aid; they enjoy associating with others. Hospitality is simply inviting people into your life and home. Be careful, it can be habit-forming and highly contagious!