Last year I listened to Dr. Voddie Baucham’s sermon The Four Ps Is He Ready to Lead? Below are my notes on the sermon. To get the CD click here.In his message Dr. Voddie Baucham taught from Titus 1:5-16
5 This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you— 6 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. 7 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, 8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. 9 He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. 10 For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party.11 They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12 One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth. 15 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. 16 They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.
The roles of husbands and fathers are derived from the offices Christ holds being that the relationship between Christ and his church is illustrated by the relationship between a husband and a wife. Christ as our redeemer executes the offices of priest, prophet, and king. The king position is split into provider and protector because that’s what a king does; he provides for and protects his people. So putting these four Ps in context with the role of a husband and a father we realize that men are to model Christ in their male headship over their families. As a priest men are to pray for and with their wives and children. As a prophet they are to instruct and teach the Word to their family, and lastly as provider and protector men are required to govern, guide, and provide for their family.
In today’s society these four attributes are not welcome. Instead they are stomped on and thrown away by today’s feminist culture. It is necessary that all Christian parents train up their sons to attain these much obliged character traits. It is also essential that they train their daughters to look for young men who possess these qualities. For parents to train up godly young men many of them don’t know where in the Scriptures to look. They don’t know where to find the “list.” However, there is a list. That list is in Titus chapter one.
Titus chapter one gives Paul’s instructions to Titus on how he is to appoint elders in Crete. In verses five through sixteen Paul expresses the qualifications a man must have in order to be qualified as an elder. In this audio sermon Dr. Baucham focuses on verses five through nine to show, that, the qualifications of an elder should be no different from the qualifications you want for your sons or potential spouses for your daughters.
In Paul’s letter to Titus he doesn’t tell him to go to the “Seminary school of Crete”- as Dr. Baucham put it- or find a man specifically trained by Paul to be an elder but instead he tells Titus to go find a “family man”; a man who is walking out his role as priest, prophet, provider and protector in his home, because the man who can lead and shepherd his own household can lead and shepherd God’s people. (1 Timothy 3:4-5)Amen? Amen! That concludes Part I of the Four Ps Series. Part II will be available soon. ~Mekenna :-p