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  • Keep emotions in check
    • Titus 1:4
    • Consider two scenarios:
      • There are objections to a certain man’s qualifications
        • I Timothy 4:12
      • The members start “taking sides”
        • I Corinthians 1:11-13
  • Take the qualifications seriously, given the work.
    • Able to teach
      • I Timothy 3:2 - Elders need to be able to teach so that they can take the lead in defending against error.
    • Aspires/desires the work
      • I Timothy 3:1
    • Sensible, just, devout
      • Hebrews 5:14
    • Temperate, gentle, peacable, not pugnacious
      • I Thessalonians 5:12-15
  • Don’t be stricter than God
    • I Peter 5:1

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  • I Thessalonians 5:17. Jesus prayed at His baptism, when He woke up, when He went to sleep, before He ate, when He had a big decision to make, when He was tempted, and before His death. If we pray without ceasing, it won’t be long between our last prayer and our last breath.
  • I Thessalonians 5:18 - This does not mean that we should rejoice even when evil happens. It means we should have a general attitude of rejoicing, not of constant complaining.
  • I Thessalonians 5:19 - We quench the Spirit when we trample underfoot the word of God.

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  • Acts 6:1-7 - Men chosen for special service in the church.
  • Qualifications of elders:
    • Desire
    • Blameless
    • The husband of one wife
    • Vigilant
    • Sober
    • Of good behavior
    • Given to hospitality
    • Apt to teach
    • Not given to wine
    • No striker
    • Not greedy of filthy lucre
    • Patient
    • Not a brawler
    • Not covetous
    • One that rules his own house well
    • Having his children in subjection with all gravity
    • Not a novice
    • Havea good report of them which are without
    • Not selfwilled
    • Not soon angry

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  • Nehemiah 8
  • They stood up (out of respect)
    • I Thessalonians 2:12
    • Hebrews 3:7-8
  • They listened up (to understand)
    • Nehemiah 8:2, they had a mind to listen.
    • Ephesians 3:4
    • II Timothy 2:15
  • They lived up (to the standard)
    • Nehemiah 8:6
    • Nehemiah 8:14 - They started serving God in a way that they hadn’t since the days of Joshua.
    • I Timothy 3:14-15 - We have instruction on how we should live.

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