A list he wrote for the church in Ephesus (1 Timothy 3:2-7) is nearly identical. In both, the qualifications mostly involve character, rather than knowledge or skill.
Of course, these standards make an excellent yardstick by which all believers can measure their effort and self-discipline.
Interact with God’s Word: Titus 1:5-9
- Why (v. 6) is a man’s reputation of primary importance?
- How does how a man’s treatment of his family provide a window into his character?
- Christian workers and volunteers sometimes think their work so important that it justifies ignoring their families. How do these standards deal with that view?
- How (v. 7) does a man’s lifestyle figure into his fitness to lead?
- How (v. 8) can you tell if a person is wise and fair?
- Self-discipline is essential for achieving “a blameless life.” What are the characteristics of a self-disciplined man?
- The last criterion listed (v. 9) is strong belief. How strong and steadfast is your confidence in the gospel?
Spend Time in Prayer: Ask God for the self-discipline to enable you to live the devout and disciplined life Paul describes in this passage.
I left you on the island of Crete so you could complete our work there and appoint elders in each town as I instructed you. 6 An elder must live a blameless life. He must be faithful to his wife, and his children must be believers who don’t have a reputation for being wild or rebellious. 7 For an elder must live a blameless life. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker, violent, or dishonest with money.
8 Rather, he must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must love what is good. He must live wisely and be just. He must live a devout and disciplined life. 9 He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong.