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Are There Sins That Indefinitely Disqualify From Eldership?

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Scripture: 1 Timothy 3Titus 1
Topics: Elders, Contributor: Joel Webbon

From Nate Werner – If a Christian man commits a sin in the past that would disqualify him from eldership (e.g. – looking at porn, but has since repented) is he forever disqualified? More generally, if a man did not meet the qualifications for eldership in the past, but now he does, is that man forever disqualified?

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Are There Sins That Indefinitely Disqualify From Eldership?

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Scripture: 1 Timothy 3Titus 1
Topics: Elders, Elders, Contributor: Joel Webbon

From Nate Werner – If a Christian man commits a sin in the past that would disqualify him from eldership (e.g. – looking at porn, but has since repented) is he forever disqualified? More generally, if a man did not meet the qualifications for eldership in the past, but now he does, is that man forever disqualified?

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A Primer On Christian Government | Ecclesiology – Part 4 of 6

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Scripture: Ephesians 1:15-23Ephesians 5:22-33
Topics: Elders, Elders, Church Polity, Deacons, Elders, Doctrine of Ecclesiology, Submission to Authority, Contributor: Joel Webbon

What is the sphere and assignment given by God to church government? God has given church government the Great Commission and authority over Christian worship. What is the means God has given to the church to carry out the Great Commission and Christian worship? God has given the church the Word and the Sacraments to carry out the Great Commission …

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How To Spot Counterfeit Courage In Big Eva & Local Pastors

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Scripture: 1 Corinthians 16:13
Topics: Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Personal Holiness, Elders, Elders, Church Polity, Deacons, Elders, Elders, Contributor: Joel Webbon

Among Evangelicals, there is a rising trend of “counterfeit courage.” Christian leaders/pastors will “courageously” speak out against threats to the church, but only once it becomes culturally acceptable to do so. These men are mere “opportunists,” rather then actual leaders. Apart from real courage, a man will not be willing to say and do what’s necessary when the time comes. …

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Self-Control | A Necessity For Leading Others

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Scripture: Psalm 127
Topics: Elders, Elders, Church Polity, Deacons, Elders, Elders, Deacons, Elders, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Personal Holiness, Marriage, Parenting, Singleness, Contributor: Joel Webbon

If you want to faithfully lead others, you must possess a successful track record of leading your self. Self-leadership is both a qualification for leading others and a fruit of the Holy Spirit. In the Bible, “self-leadership” is called “self-control.”

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An Epidemic Of “Weaker-Brother” Pastors!

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Scripture: Romans 14:1-23
Topics: Elders, Elders, Church Polity, Deacons, Elders, Elders, Deacons, Elders, Elders, Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Contributor: Joel Webbon

R. C. Sproul preached a sermon called “The Tyranny of the Weaker Brother.” His premise comes from Romans 14. He talks about how the church should welcome the weaker brother into membership with grace, but he warns of the weaker brother’s tendency to be a tyrant towards the rest of the body. The weaker brother, due to his weaker faith …

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Is John Piper “Disqualified” Because Of His Son?

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Scripture: 1 Timothy 3Titus 1
Topics: Elders, Elders, Church Polity, Deacons, Elders, Elders, Deacons, Elders, Elders, Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Elders, Submission to Authority, Culture & Politics, Personal Holiness, Marriage, Parenting, Singleness, Parenting, Contributor: Joel Webbon

John Piper’s son, Abraham Piper, has not merely become an apostate by denying Christ, but he is actively peddling atheism to hundreds of thousands of people on TikTok. Abraham Piper has become a public figure through his blaspheming of God. Titus 1:6 requires pastors’ “children [to be] believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination.” In light …

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Protecting the Sheep

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Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:3-5
Topics: Elders, Elders, Church Polity, Deacons, Elders, Elders, Deacons, Elders, Elders, Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Elders, Elders, Polemics, Contributor: Joel Webbon

Scripture has two clear qualifications for Elders: 1) They must be able to “instruct in sound doctrine.” 2) They must be able to “rebuke those who contradict it.” Faithful pastors cannot merely teach the truth, they must also diligently work to expose error.

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What Do You Think About The Rise & Fall of Mars Hill?

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Scripture: 1 Timothy 3:1-71 Timothy 3:14-161 Timothy 3:8-13Titus 1:10-11Titus 1:9
Topics: Elders, Elders, Church Polity, Deacons, Elders, Elders, Deacons, Elders, Elders, Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Elders, Elders, Polemics, Church Polity, Elders, Contributor: Joel Webbon

Christianity Today has been airing a podcast called “The Rise & Fall of Mars Hill.” What are your specific thoughts about this podcast? And what are your more general thoughts about what happened with Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill?

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Your Pastor When He May Be in Sin

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Scripture: 1 Timothy 5:19-25
Topics: Elders, Elders, Church Polity, Deacons, Elders, Elders, Deacons, Elders, Elders, Church Polity, Elders, Gospel, Legalism, Lord's Supper, Elders, Elders, Polemics, Church Polity, Elders, Church Discipline, Church Membership, Church Polity, Elders, Contributor: Joel Webbon

What is the difference between bringing a “charge” and bringing a “concern” to your pastors? The Bible allows for both, but we must diligently discern between the two, and exercise true humility as we approach those who have been appointed in positions of spiritual authority.