Younger generations of families have no shortage of willing volunteers prepared to tell them which senior members of the family they most resemble.
As Paul encourages Titus in his task of appointing leaders to local churches, the apostle reveals the essential image of a local church as he describes the character of their elders. The character of church leaders will imprint upon the congregations they serve, and in describing the character of elders, the nature of a local church will emerge.
O LORD, I Will Exalt You (Psalm 30) and Arise, My Soul, Arise are the songs of preparation, with worship commencing with Crown Him With Many Crowns.
Our prayer of adoration and confession will focus on God’s perfect character and the work which His Holy Spirit is doing in growing that character in us individually and corporately. Create In Me A Clean Heart, the Apostles’ Creed and Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow are the affirmations.
Listening to God’s Word, Jeremiah 30:1-24 conveys the promise of restoration after exile. We’ll respond singing My Lord, What Love Is This (Amazing Love)
Titus 1:5-9 reveals the character of those who lead the church. Understanding this helps us to ensure that qualified men are appointed to lead, but also enables us to know what sort of character must develop in a local church. A church will not grow beyond its leaders, but mature leaders will impart a church character that seeks after godliness.
After our prayer of thanksgiving and for the needs of others, we’ll give our tithes and offerings, then conclude worship singing I Serve A Risen Saviour (He Lives).