Before a man or woman can join the US Marines, they must first pass a series of written and physical examinations. The ASVAB measures a recruit’s mental abilities and will determine their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). A criminal background check ensures the person is in good legal standing and will not be a threat to national security.
After a full examination by a physician, each recruit must also pass an Initial Strength Test (IST) involving pull ups, crunches, and running. In addition, the Combat Fitness Test (CFT) is an annual test to ensure each enlisted troop and officer stays in good shape and ready for the physical and mental strains of war.
Only then, after all these tests have been completed will a recruit be declared “Fit for Duty” and be ready to begin the rigors of Basic Training.
The Bible teaches that a spiritual leader, too, must pass a series of tests before he is qualified to lead in the church. These are recorded in 1 Timothy 3; Titus 1; and 1 Peter 5.
Over the past couple months, I’ve been preaching through the qualifications in Titus 1. These are especially pertinent for our church as we begin a transition to biblical eldership. If you missed any of the messages or would like to hear one again, you can find them using the links below:
Rise Up, O Men of God – An urgent plea for male leadership at home and church.
Titus 1:5 Fit for Duty, pt. 1 – Character – A leader must first be above reproach (no audio available).
Titus 1:6 Fit for Duty, pt. 2 – Family – What happens in the home is a good indicator of how a man will lead the church
Titus 1:7 Fit for Duty, pt. 3 – Discipline – Pride and a hot temper have no place in the church — especially among leaders.
Titus 1:8 Fit for Duty, pt. 4 – Love – A leader must have a love for strangers, for good works, and for restraint.
Titus 1:8 Fit for Duty, pt. 4 – Love, continued – A man of God will love what is right and holy.
Titus 1:9-16 Fit for Duty, pt. 5 – Doctrine – A leader must be committed to knowing and defending sound doctrine.
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