Rearing a family in God’s path presents a challenge and also serves as good training for a church supervisor. Paul cites as one requirement for the shepherd a stable family life under his care.

For if a man does not know how to rule his own household, how is he to take care of the church of God?
1 Timothy 3:5 AMP

Caring for the church requires even greater effort, for there are more people and less controle. It doesn’t seem to be for nothing that Paul uses the terms “rule” for the family and “take care of” for the church.

At the same time, the family dynamic serves well to prepare a man for the work of shepherding the church, guaranteeing also that he has reached an age, as an elder, that reflects a certain experience and wisdom of life.

Father, multiply among your people men who can guide the church in growth and maturity.

Hold this thought: The church progresses according to the quality of its supervisores.

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3 thoughts on “From the family to the church

  1. As to your Fellowship Room post I would say “rule” is a good translation. It’s not p.c. but I don’t think the Bible is concerned with being p.c.. Great responsibility comes with being the head of the family.

    For an example on the p.c. thing, I (the Bible) just got called medieval because of a post that says God’s word teaches that women aren’t meant to be preachers in the church.

    I really do appreciate those elders who are worthy of a “double honor” (1 Timothy 5:17). The church needs them badly.

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